enditnow® is a global campaign to raise awareness and advocate for the end of violence against women and girls around the world. It aims to mobilize Adventists around the world and invites other community groups to join in resolving this issue.

enditnow® is the most important stand the Seventh-day Adventist Church has ever taken regarding violence against women and girls. Through this campaign, more than seventeen million Adventist church members—men, women, and children—are expected to create a global movement that will be mobilized within their own communities, where each person will actively work to create awareness and share solutions on ways to end this global problem.

Seventh-day Adventists affirm the dignity and worth of each human being and decry all forms of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

enditnow® continues the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s commitment to respond to the needs of all human beings1—namely, to stand up in favor of human rights, tolerance, the well-being of children, freedom of expression and conscience, and the protection and integrity of families. It is a call to action for all Adventists and supporters to stand up and put into practice those principles we hold true. enditnow® seeks to extend God’s vision of love and compassion for all His children.

Domestic violence has been documented as a major issue within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Incidences of abuse follow trends documented in the general population. This is why enditnow® seeks to increase personal awareness, responsibility, and involvement to effectively help end violence against women and girls in every family and community.

This campaign, which extends to more than two hundred countries and territories, was launched in October 2009 in partnership between the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and the Department of Women’s Ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. enditnow® supports existing programs currently being implemented around the world through ADRA and the Department of Women’s Ministries to end violence against women. These programs provide tangible examples of the work that is already being done to resolve this issue.

Although enditnow® primarily seeks to mobilize Adventist church members, all individuals, church congregations of every faith, social groups, schools, and businesses are invited to join.

1 Executive Committee of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, “Ending Violence Against Women and Girls” (official statement, voted and approved June 23, 2010, released June 24–July 3, 2010, General Conference Session, Atlanta, GA), https://www. adventist.org/articles/ending-violence-against-women-and-girls.

This article was first published on the official website of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists on November 25, 2013.