Gender based violence
In every region of the world the church is committed to ending sexual violence. Here we share some of the stories from churches and agencies across the Anglican Communion who are working to prevent and respond to sexual violence.
16 Days of Activism
16 days of activism against gender violence starts on 25th November each year, with the first day marking the International Day of No Violence Against Women.
This year resources are being made available from the We Will Speak Out coalition for worldwide prayer and action to end gender violence.
The Anglican Communion Women's Desk has also released this video, highlighting the voices of men standing in solidarity with women, speaking out and making a commitment to act to end and prevent gender based violence – and encourage other men to do the same. More resources are available here.
Us (formerly USPG) have developed these prayers and worship resources, and are supporting the Anglican Church in Zambia in their work transforming the lives of women who are affected by domestic violence.
An event in Delhi, India, is being held to discuss biblical examples of manhood and transforming masculinites, from a faith persepective. More details can be seen here.
Restored also has more resources for your church and community to take action against gender violence.
We Will Speak Out
The Anglican Alliance is a part of the We Will Speak Out coalition, which is a global coalition of Christian-based NGOs, churches and organisations, supported by an alliance of individuals, who together commit themselves to see the end of sexual violence in communities around the world. WWSO is committed to empowering women and girls, to transforming relationships between women and men, and to ensuring that the voices of survivors of sexual violence – women, girls, men and boys – are central to their work.
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, who is in the picture on the right, launched the We Will Speak Out South Africa campaign in December 2013. He challenged the church to break the silence and do more to prevent and respond to sexual violence.
Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict
As part of the We Will Speak Out coalition, the Anglican Alliance participated in the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which took place on 10th-13th June 2014, convening in London.
Anglican representatives at the Summit included Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury; Archbishop Henri Isingoma, Archbishop of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); Archbishop Rwaje Onesphore, Archbishop of Rwanda; and Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, Archbishop of Burundi.
Significant discussions around the role of faith-based organisations and churches in responding to and preventing sexual violence in conflict took place, with governmental ministers taking note of the role of faith-organisations and encouraging them in their work.
More about the Global Summit can be seen in these news articles: