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Original photo Hymie Sokupha from “The Republic of Sexual Abuse” art installation in Roseb

Original photo Hymie Sokupha from “The Republic of Sexual Abuse” art installation in Rosebank, South Africa in 2019. Stats added 2021.

Statistics gathered by the UN in 2017 show that 87,000 women were killed because of their gender. Of those murders, 58 percent—137 women each day—were killed by a member of their own family or intimate partner. The onset of COVID-19 has exacerbated the violence: by September 2020, 121 countries instituted and adopted new measures to provide support and care for survivors of violence.  

Action is needed, and across the world, churches and other community-based organizations are working to effect change and offer accompaniment to those affected by femicide and sexual and gender-based violence across the globe. Through these two online events, the World Council of Churches in collaboration with ACT Alliance, Lutheran World Federation, World YWCA, and WCC regional partners is raising awareness around missing and murdered women as one aspect of the 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December).

Interested participants should register in advance:

25 November, 9:00-10:30 CET (Geneva)
Perspectives from Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Pacific Regions
Interpretation available in English, Arabic and French
Register in advance

2 December 15:00-16:30 CET (Geneva)
Perspectives from Caribbean, Latin America, North America
Interpretation available in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French
Register in advance