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Just Community of Women and Men

Building just communities of women and men is a priority in all activities of the World Council of Churches as it sets out on a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. Just gender relations are essential for the transforming renewal of church and society.
Just Community of Women and Men

Prayer tree for gender justice at the WCC 10th Assembly.

Building just communities of women and men is a priority in all activities of the World Council of Churches as it sets out on a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in response to the call from the WCC 10th Assembly in 2013.

The experiences, perspectives and participation of both women and men are equally needed for the transforming renewal of church and society. Just gender relations are essential as we respond to climate change, build an economy of life and promote just peace and human dignity.

Ecumenical theological education and leadership training are key in this process. This includes reflection on what justice and peace entails for women in dehumanizing situations – refugees, trafficked and sexually violated women.

WCC trainings empower religious women to use United Nations advocacy tools for women’s rights and gender justice. Their voice is strengthened by networking between Christian women’s organizations and those participating at the annual sessions of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

A gender advisory group involving representatives from member churches has been set up to develop a gender justice policy for the WCC and to provide gender expertise to the general secretary.

Thursdays in Black

The "Thursdays in Black" campaign, through the simple gesture of wearing black on Thursdays, promotes an end to violence against women and girls. It is a united global expression of the desire for safe communities where we can all walk safely without fear of being raped, shot at, beaten up, verbally abused and discriminated against due to our gender or sexual orientation. At its 10th Assembly in 2013, the WCC revived this campaign, born during the Ecumenical Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women (1988-1998), partnering with the Christian Aids Bureau for Southern Africa, Diakonia Council of Churches, Northern Territory Youth Affairs Network, Victoria University Students’ Association, Uniting Church in Sweden and Church of Sweden, among others.

Commemoration of the Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women

Consultation on the 20th anniversary of the end of the Decade held October 2018 in Kingston, Jamaica

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