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Open Doors, an organization that supports persecuted Christians throughout the world, has released a study evaluating the similarities and differences in how Christian men and women are persecuted. The researchers have found that persecution is gender specific and that, overall, women experience a greater degree and complexity of persecution than men do.
“The experiences of religious persecution faced by Christian men globally is characterized as focused, severe and visible. In contrast, religious persecution endured by Christian women globally is characterized by being complex, violent and hidden.” The researchers go on to say, “We observe that these socio-cultural constructs create vulnerabilities that disproportionately affect Christian women in their expression of faith.”
Researchers - Reports - Interviews - Countries - Men
The researchers evaluated reports and conducted interviews in over 60 countries and found that, in general, “Christian men are especially subject to economic harassment via business, work or job access, while Christian women in particular suffer sexually violent attacks.”
What Are Some Similarities?
Christian - Men - Women - World - Suffer
Both Christian men and women throughout the world suffer from:
What Are Specific Ways Men Suffer?
Weapon - Men - Result - Faith - Harassment
The primary “weapon” wielded against men as a result of their Christian faith is economic harassment. Economic harassment can include fines, loss of employment, not being able to find employment, and arrest (which, of course, impacts employment). Because men are typically the ones who provide income for their families, when a man’s ability to find work is threatened, his whole family suffers.
When a man’s community shames or shuns him, he not only has an extremely difficult time finding work but also of networking in the society (where men more commonly have public roles) and of establishing a household. The men’s own families of origin are also likely refuse to provide for their needs. This exclusion from his community can have a significant impact on a man’s identity for the rest of his life.
Type - Persecution - Specific
Another type of persecution specific...
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