16 Days against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Chega - Enough!

Panel for the Thursdays in Black Waterfall of Solidarity and Resistance. Photo: Marcelo Schneider/WCC

This year, the World Council of Churches and ecumenical partners are calling us all to UNITE! Act to End Violence Against Women and Girls.  

Prayers at the Ecumenical Centre focusing on Urgency, Networking, Intervention, Training and Empowerment.

Thursdays in Black Waterfall of Solidarity and Resistance is on public display in the Ecumenical Centre from 21 November to 21 December, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. Did you know the tapestry can continue to grow? Consider contributing a panel.

November 24 panel discussion. Participants focused on Overcoming challenges to end violence against women and girls ecumenically.” The 90-minute discussion included: Bafana Khumalo, Sonke Gender Justice, Daniela Gennrich (We Will Speak Out), Ezra Chitando (WCC EHAIA – Positive Masculinities), Katlego Mohuba (Youth for Life-giving Food, Agriculture and Fisheries), Leith Dunn, Honorary Senior Research Fellow - Institute of Gender Studies, Mona.

November 28 tray lunch at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva explored opportunities to strengthen global mechanisms to end violence against women and girls. Speakers  included: Anna Parini (Programme Manager of UN Women), Jakob Schneider (secretary, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women), and Jane Aeberhard-Hodges (director of Policy, Every Woman Coalition).

Dec 3-4  Training of Trainers for Young People on Transformative Masculinities And Femininities in the Context of HIV and Sexual and Gender-Based violence (Webinar,10:00 – 13:00 CET and 15:00 – 18:00 CET each day.

December 5 Thursdays in Black online Bible study, 2-3:30pm (Geneva). Rev. Dr Karen Georgia Thompson, associate general minister for Wider Church Ministries and Operations in the United Church of Christ and co-executive for Global Ministries with the United Church of Christ, will lead a study on Exorcising the Silence in Davids House” based on 2 Samuel 11-13 and Psalm 51. Please register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElf-2qqj0pHtMorlRtktqz-Kyco2Yme-1f

December 6 ACT Alliance Academy Lecture and Briefing Paper Launch on Gender and Economic Justice, 13:00 -14:00 CET (online). Dr. Angelique van Zeeland, Programme Coordinator of Economic Justice of the Lutheran Diakonia Foundation – FLD,  Brazil; Athena Peralta, World Council of Churches, Switzerland; Sunzida Sultana (TBC), Karmojibi Nari (Working Women), Bangladesh. Register in advance by emailing rachel.tavernor(at)actalliance.org.

December 8 workshop on Rooting out gender cyberviolence: An introduction to social media monitoring, 2-3pm (Geneva). This 60 minute webinar is part of a World Association for Christian Communication -World Council of Churches gender and media initiative. Participants will be introduced to media monitoring and how to apply it to social media platforms as the first step in establishing a global Ecumenical Gender and Media Observatory that will collect evidence and act together to overcome online gender-based violence and advance gender justice in and through the media.
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