We Will Speak Out

Responding to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: 
Episcopal Relief & Development and the We will Speak Out Coalition

We Will Speak OutWeWillSpeakOut.US is part of the international We Will Speak Out coalition, which was established in March 2011 with key leadership from Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Archbishop Henry Isingoma of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi of Burundi, at the launch of Tearfund research report 'Silent No More'. The report highlighted the untapped potential and challenges of the worldwide church to prevent and respond to sexual violence. The report was based on research commissioned in Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.

Epsicopal Relief & Development is a founding member and the US Secretariat co-chair for the We Will Speak Out (WWSO) Coalition. Recognizing the prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV) in the United States, as well as the potential for American organizations and congregations to influence change, WWSO Steering Committee Member IMA World Health launched WeWillSpeakOut.US to unite and amplify existing voices and programs throughout the US. WWSO stresses in particular the untapped potential of faith communities to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. 

In addition to its US-based work, Episcopal Relief & Development has supported partner WWSO activities in Burundi, DR Congo, and Liberia. You can learn more about our work here: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-we-do/our-programs/gender-equality-womens-empowerment-gbv

For more information about We Will Speak Out and how to get involved, visit http://wewillspeakout.us/


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Every year, We Will Speak Out members around the world participate in 16 Days of Activism. From November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.

Below are ways you can participate each day throughout the 16 days (and beyond). 

 #16Days #Faith2EndGBV #Pray2EndGBV #16daysofactivism #endviolenceagainstwomen #orangetheworld 

Download Resources:
Gender-Based Violence Fact Sheet -  http://bit.ly/2eD5fWC
Prayer Resource - http://bit.ly/16Days_APrayerResource
Social Media Toolkit - http://bit.ly/SMtoolkit_16days

DAY 1 | November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Get involved in the global moment. At noon gather with others in your churches, homes or another venue, then light a candle to remember those affected by gender-based violence. Pray for those affected by gender-based violence using the prayer resource available here: Download. Photograph the candle lighting and post on social media with hashtags: #16Days #Faith2EndGBV #shinealightongbv

DAY 2 | November 26 - Swap your Facebook profile picture. Help spread the word and bring awareness to GBV by changing your profile picture and inviting your Facebook friends to change theirs! Download the campaign logo and upload it as your profile picture: http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/about/16-days-logos

DAY 3 | November 27 - Learn how investing in girls and women improve communities. Download and share this infographic.

DAY 4 | November 28 - Raise money to support Episcopal Relief & Development's Empowering Women and Gender-Based Violence Program using this Special Campaign Toolkit or through your own personal online fundraising page! You can also email friends and encourage them to donate using this link: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/gbv

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DAY 5 | November 29 - Wear Orange! Join us and UN Women on behalf of the United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against WomenThe initiative is aimed at raising awareness and mobilizing action to eliminate violence against women and girls. The color orange will be a key theme unifying all activities taking place worldwide, as the official color of the UNiTE campaign and as a symbol of a bright and optimistic future free from violence against women and girls.

DAY 6 | November 30 - Share the United Nations’ Orange the World poster via Twitter and Facebook. Invite your friends to take action to end violence against women.

DAY 7 | December 1 - Read about Goal 5 from the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which includes specific targets to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. 

DAY 8 | December 2 - Learn about the important role faith-based organizations have to end gender-based violence in the research report 'Silent No More'.

DAY 9 | December 3 - Quiz yourself. How much do you know about violence against women worldwide? For the ‪#‎16Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, test your knowledge in this U.N. Women quiz! Share your results via Twitter and Facebook with ‪#Faith2EndGBV.

DAY 10 | December 4 - Host an event - Learn what it takes to create a safe space in your congregation: http://wewillspeakout.us/sacred-spaces/

DAY 11 | December 5 - Raise awareness on GBV within your congregation, download a copy of 'One in Three: A Sermon Guide to Prevent Sexual Violence in Our Communities' from the We Will Speak Out Coalition. 

DAY 12 | December 6 - Share stories highlighting the work of faith-based organizations from around the world. 

               Story 1: Running Alone Away From Shame

               Story 2: When Raising Awareness Changes Lives

DAY 13 | December 7 - Share the Violence against Women infographic to increase awareness of gender-based violence (GBV) as a global pandemic: http://bit.ly/2eHG6Gn

DAY 14 | December 8 -Discover what it means to transform masculinities in our communities: https://www.wewillspeakout.org/resource-type/menandboys/

DAY 15 | December 9PLEDGE AGAINST VIOLENCE. Please add your voice to our call to end Sexual and Gender Based-Violence! 

DAY 16 | December 10 - On World Humanitarian Day learn more about landmark policies that have been made over the last 25 years, since the first 16 Days Campaign in 1991: Download Factsheet. Then support the International Violence Against Women Act.