In every country, gender-based violence is a tragic reality. This violence is frequently hidden, and victims are often silent, fearing stigma and further violence.
We all have a responsibility to speak out against violence, to ensure that women and men, boys and girls, are safe from rape and violence in homes, schools, work, streets – in all places in our societies.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has unveiled new designs for its Thursdays in Black campaign against rape and sexual violence.
They have produced a number of resources (flyers, badges, artwork) for Thursdays in Black, which can be downloaded from their website.
Students in Aotearoa, New Zealand are leading our local movement, check out thursdaysinblack.org.nz
The campaign is simple but profound. Wear black on Thursdays. Wear a pin to declare you are part of the global movement resisting attitudes and practices that permit rape and violence. Show your respect for women who are resilient in the face of injustice and violence. Encourage others to join you.
Often black has been used with negative racial connotations. In this campaign Black is used as a color of resistance and resilience.
Here's a sample of the latest #thursdaysinblack tweets: