I highly recommend this article by former US President Jimmy Carter on his decision to sever his ties with the Southern Baptist Convention after six decades when they 'ordained that women must be subservient to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.' His belief, 'confirmed in holy scripture' is that we are all equal in the sight of God. Carter is now one of The Elders, an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their influence and experience to support peace building and address causes of human suffering. He says in the article that 'my fellow Elders and I... are deeply committed to challenging injustice wherever we find it. The Elders have decided to draw particular attention to the responsibility of religious and traditional leaders in ensuring equality and human rights. We have recently published a statement that declares: "The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable.' You can read more about the Elders initiative on equality for women and girls here, including a wonderful video message to men from Desmond Tutu.