FT: Glendyne, for our readers who don’t
know, what exactly is Defend Dignity?
GG: We are a justice initiative of the Chris-
tian and Missionary Alliance family of
churches to abolish prostitution in Can-
ada. We act as a catalyst for individuals
and churches to get involved in ending
sexual exploitation. We build our work
around three main areas of action: aware-
ness through events and resources, advo-
cacy with the federal government for pros-
titution law reform and aid to churches
working with victims and municipal
FT: The word “abolition” doesn’t get
used very often, outside of talking about
slavery. I’m assuming it’s an intentional
choice to use that word?
GG: It’s come to take on its own meaning
when you talk to groups like us involved
in the issue of human trafficking with its
most common end point of prostitution.
We believe that tackling this thing by dealing with the demand end of things is the
way to go. We believe we can end prostitution if we end the demand for it. It’s the
belief that we can put an end to this much
like Wilberforce did in England with slavery. With modern-day slavery we can end
it if we take a serious look at demand.
FT: And when you say demand, you are
referring to men in minivans, correct?
GG: That really is the face of it. It’s any
The Faith Today Interview:
How One Canadian Woman Defends the
glendyne gerrard is a
minister’s wife who went
from praying for the persecuted in the privacy
of her own home to very
publicly defending the
dignity and fighting for
the protection of Canadian girls and women who
are prostituted. Gerrard
is director of Defend Dignity ( www.defenddignity.
ca), a national ministry
that encourages churches
and individuals to fight for
the abolition of prostitution in Canada. she lives
in Oakville, Ont., with her
husband Douglas, who is
executive vice-president of
the Christian & Missionary
Alliance in Canada.
Originally published in Faith Today, Jan/Feb 2014 P h O