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Thursdays in Black Global Exhibit: Waterfall of Solidarity and Resistance

Communities and individuals of all faiths and none are invited to make a powerful, international statement of their commitment to end rape and violence through contributing to a large tapestry exhibit being developed by the World Council of Churches.

The tapestry is designed as a waterfall with messages and images from around the world. It will be displayed in 2020 at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva and at the United Nations in New York, and will continue to be expanded up to the WCC Assembly in 2021.

The waterfall is based on the Thursdays in Black design, with the pilgrimage lines in white and purple.

How can I be involved?

Make a panel! Individuals and groups can prepare square cloth panels with images and messages that reflect your hope and commitment to overcome gender-based abuse and violence. They might lift up an individual who has made you most aware of the issues, or a scripture passage, or a picture or image that to you means a journey for healing or solidarity. These are just some ideas - what is on the panel is up to you.

What is required is:

  • Panels should be in cloth, 30 cm x 30 cm (12in x 12in) with a 1cm/half inch border for joining panels together
  • Ideally, the background colour should be black, purple or white

When completed, please post your square along with a page describing who has prepared the square and any background or story on the image or message to:

Nicole Ashwood
Just Community of Women and Men
World Council of Churches
P.O. Box 2100
1211 Geneva 2

Photos of the people working on the square are also encouraged, and can be sent to

Squares can be sent in at any time. For inclusion in the exhibit planned for the first quarter of 2020, squares must be received no later than 20 December.

Help to illustrate or assemble the waterfall!

WCC invites Expressions of Interest to assist in the realisation of a “Waterfall of Solidarity and Resistance” based on the Thursdays in Black campaign. Skills sought are:

1)    Artist to work with staff in illustrating the design concept of the “Waterfall of Solidarity and Resistance”. Timeline: as soon as possible

2)    Quilters and Sewers who can assist in assembling contributed panels into the “streams” of the waterfall.  Timeline: from end 2019 through 2020; participation can be for a designated shorter time period.

Artists and quilters will be recognized in WCC communication about the exhibit and can have agreed expenses covered.

For more information on the exhibit or to offer to be involved, please email