What to know about the ‘steps of Faith’ initiative and what it’s doing to improve women’s lives November 2, 2021 November 2, 2021 admin

A new initiative launched by the US Department of Education, Women’s College Health Services, is raising awareness about the importance of elevating women’s faith to a place of pride. 

The “steps offaith” initiative will encourage women to “exercise their faith in a way that aligns with their goals and values”. 

The initiative was launched by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in response to a series of recent incidents of sexual assault on college campuses.

The aim is to provide women with “positive tools for living and pursuing their faith, regardless of their own faith”.

The initiative, which will run for four months, was unveiled by DeVos in Washington, DC, on Tuesday (26 March). 

The secretary said: “We cannot have our colleges and universities fail students who are struggling to live their faith.

We cannot allow these crimes to continue to affect our communities.

We can’t continue to leave women at the mercy of predators.”

The initiative will be launched by DeVos, who previously spoke about the “distress and trauma” experienced by survivors of sexual violence.

The initiative has been supported by the Education Department’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, as well as by the National Organization for Women (NOW), the National Association of Women Bible Students and the National Conference of Evangelicals.

The Department of education said the initiative will allow students to “communicate in a more confident and hopeful manner about their faith”.””

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The Department of education said the initiative will allow students to “communicate in a more confident and hopeful manner about their faith”.

“By providing the tools, resources, and support needed to help students navigate the challenges of faith and life, the Department hopes to empower more women and girls to thrive and succeed in their faith-based careers,” DeVos said.

The department’s director of diversity, equity and inclusion, Elizabeth K. Sperling, also highlighted the need to “engage students on campus to foster an inclusive, safe, supportive and respectful campus”.

“We can’t allow the perpetrators of sexual misconduct to dictate the conversation on campus, and this new initiative is an important first step in that direction,” Spering said.

“This is a step in the right direction, but we need to continue this conversation on college and university campuses, so that our campus communities are safe and feel confident that their safety is not compromised.” 

The department has previously stated that it will not provide funds to colleges or universities that “deny or discriminate against any person on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or marital status”.

In response to the recent reports of sexual assaults, DeVos tweeted that she is “proud” of the “steps” the department is taking, and encouraged students to share their stories with the public. 

It comes amid a wave of sexual-assault accusations and the “silent epidemic” of violence against women.

The number of sexual and gender-based assaults has increased across the country, with more than a quarter of US college women reporting they have been sexually assaulted in the past year, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. 

According to the Justice Department, the number of women who report sexual assault is up 15% since 2011. 

In March, DeVos announced that the department would invest $20 million into efforts to improve campus safety.