We Will Speak Out


Episcopal Relief & Development is proud to partner with the coalition We Will Speak Out and affiliated organizations. We are sponsoring a panel discussion on engaging religious leaders to help reduce gender-based violence. This conversation is taking place as part of activities related to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Panel: Women of Faith Speak Out on Engaging Religious Leaders
Time: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 4 West 43rd Street, New York, New York, Social Hall (between Avenue of the Americas and Fifth Ave.)

This event is free and open to the public.

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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 the 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:

For more information about We Will Speak Out and how to get involved, visit