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Sixteen-day "On the wings of a dove" campaign to be launched by WCC

15 November 2004

"On the wings of a dove", a sixteen-day World Council of Churches' (WCC) worldwide campaign to overcome violence against women and children, will be launched on Thursday 25 November 2004 at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.

The coordinator of the Sudan Council of Churches Women's programme, a representative of the Community Development Association (Khartoum, Sudan) and the special advisor of the UNHCR Department of International Protection will speak at the launch.

The World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Conference of European churches (CEC) are co-hosting the event.

From 25 November until 10 December, churches and church-related organizations around the world will be organizing worship services and prayer vigils, discussions and exhibitions to promote increased public awareness on violence against women and children, in an attempt to bring justice and healing to those who are suffering from violence.

Press representatives are welcome to attend this event.

25 November programme at the Ecumenical Centre

9:30-9:45 Opening: Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia (WCC general secretary)

Opening Prayer: Dr Ishmael Noko (LWF general secretary)

Welcome & introduction

9:45-10:15 Presentations:

Ms Joy Kwaje, coordinator, Women's Programme Sudan Council of Churches, Khartoum (Sudan)

Ms Safaa Elayib Adam, (Darfurian woman) Community Development Association, Khartoum (Sudan)

Discussion

10:15-11:00 Ms Joyce Mends-Cole, special advisor, Department of International Protection (UNHCR), Geneva.

Discussion

Word of thanks: Dr Setri Nyomi (WARC general secretary)

11:00-11:30 Coffee/tea

11:35-12:15 Worship (Chapel)

Preacher: Dr Musimbi Kanyoro (World YWCA general secretary)