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

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 2 | November 26 — Join us in prayer for those working to end Gender-Based Violence (GBV) all around the world. Download and share.


 DAY 3 | November 27 — Wear Orange through December 10! Join us as we raise awareness alongside UN Women in an effort to eliminate violence against women and girls. The color orange will be a unifying color worldwide and is a symbol of a bright and optimistic future free from Gender-Based Violence. Download and share:


 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 - Please pray with us as we lift up women around the world who face violence and are impacted by poverty. Download and share.


 DAY 6 | November 30 — Learn about the important role faith-based organizations have to end gender-based violence in the research report 'Silent No More'| Sign the We Will Speak Out Pledge.


 DAY 7 | December 1 - Host an event - Learn what it takes to create a safe space in your congregation: http://wewillspeakout.us/sacred-spaces/


DAY 8 | December 2 - Please join us in prayer for a united voice as we speak out against Gender-Based Violence and Gender Equality. Download and share.


DAY 9 | December 3 — Gender Equality & Gender-Based Violence are important issues that Faith Communities can work to eliminate. Take a look at this Sermon Guide. It’s a great resource for your congregation on how to pray, discuss and act regarding Gender-Based Violence.


DAY 10 | December 4 - Please pray with us that women around the world lifted up and recognized as equal partners. Download and share.


DAY 11 | December 5 — 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 12 | December 6 — 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 13 | December 7 — Please pray with us as we pray for perpetrators of abuse and for the cycle of abuse to end. Download and share.


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.

In conclusion of the 16 Days of Activism, let us pray for the voices of women to be heard around the world. Download and share.