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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Each day from November 25 until December 10, FaithTrust Institute will highlight different aspects and ideas for addressing gender-based violence. These will include videos of colleagues and trainers discussing their work, webinars to further your education, meditations and prayers, and artwork to inspire.

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"From a tiny spark may burst a mighty flame." - Dante Alighieri


16 Days of Activism to Address Gender-Based Violence

Each day from November 25 until December 10, FaithTrust Institute will highlight different aspects and ideas for addressing gender-based violence. We hope these will inspire, educate, and spark you and your faith community to action. Please come back each day to see the latest offering.

November 25:

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Follow UN Women on Facebook to learn about the global movement to end violence against women: 
https://www.facebook.com/SayNO.UNiTE

November 26: Listen to our Meaningful Voices Book Club conversation about The Handmaid's Tale (with Elena Giacci, Katey Zeh, and Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune.)

November 27:

VIDEO: Dr. Margaret Farley's inspirational discussion of time— and changing the world by following a calling: 
https://youtu.be/TogactoSCKQ
Recorded at the "Ending Violence: More Than a Life's Work" panel on Nov. 16, 2017 at the American Academy of Religion panel celebrating the work of Rev. Marie Fortune and FaithTrust Institute.

November 28:

VIDEO: Rev. Dr. Traci C. West on a recipe for change: dialogue, disagreement, collaboration, and solidarity:
https://youtu.be/qnm-bEv2av0
Recorded at the "Ending Violence: More Than a Life's Work" panel on Nov. 16, 2017 at the American Academy of Religion panel celebrating the work of Rev. Marie Fortune and FaithTrust Institute.

November 29: Listen to Dr. Monica A. Coleman discuss her memoir Bipolar Faith, in conversation with Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune.

November 30:

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December 1:

VIDEO: Rabbi Mark Dratch on friendship, collaboration, and working together to end violence against women and children:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOVVpBNN4lE
Recorded at the "Ending Violence: More Than a Life's Work" panel on Nov. 16, 2017 at the American Academy of Religion panel celebrating the work of Rev. Marie Fortune and FaithTrust Institute.

December 2:

VIDEO: Rev. Pat Simpson's uplifting toast to survivors, activists, and change-makers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoXEyjppx2k
Recorded at the "Ending Violence: More Than a Life's Work" panel on Nov. 16, 2017 at the American Academy of Religion panel celebrating the work of Rev. Marie Fortune and FaithTrust Institute.

December 3:

VIDEO: Salma Abugidieri on why educating faith leaders is essential to address the needs of victims/survivors:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZGHRTY2ykU
Recorded at the "Ending Violence: More Than a Life's Work" panel on Nov. 16, 2017 at the American Academy of Religion panel celebrating the work of Rev. Marie Fortune and FaithTrust Institute.

December 4:

Readings: #MeToo and #ChurchToo
The current online movement to expose the extent of sexual harassment and abuse that women face has inspired some valuable thinking and writing. We suggest the following:

  • Washingon Post: What Churches Must Do Right Now to Stop Being Part of the Sexual Harassment Problem
  • NPR: When Black Women's Stories of Sexual Abuse Are Excluded from the National Narrative
  • The Christian Century: A Pastor's #MeToo Story
  • The Christian Century: 18 Ways Churches Can Fight Sexual Assault in 2018
  • December 5:

    Inspiration for Activism: The Man Who Planted Trees (video)
    A video that demonstrates the power of one small, daily act and the incredible change it creates over a lifetime.

    December 6: Listen to our Meaningful Voices discussion of Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian & Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay (with Dr. Gina Messina and Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune)

    December 7:

    VIDEO: Emily Cohen on spiritual communities addressing gender-based violence the future of the movement:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKfnzvxL4PI
    Recorded at the "Ending Violence: More Than a Life's Work" panel on Nov. 16, 2017 at the American Academy of Religion panel celebrating the work of Rev. Marie Fortune and FaithTrust Institute.

    December 8:

    VIDEO: Dr. Mary E. Hunt on the foundational work done to bring faith communities into the movement to end gender-based violence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4hjK_bvutU
    Recorded at the "Ending Violence: More Than a Life's Work" panel on Nov. 16, 2017 at the American Academy of Religion panel celebrating the work of Rev. Marie Fortune and FaithTrust Institute.

    December 9:

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    December 10:


    International Human Rights Day

    READING: The Transformation of Suffering: A Biblical and Theological Perspective by Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune (PDF)

     

    Here are other ways to get involved:

    1. November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Visit the United Nations website for more information.
    2. Take time during the holiday season to remember victims of gender based violence and to celebrate the survivors in our communities.
    3. Learn more about the 16 Days Campaign from the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers.
    4. Visit our YouTube channel to watch inspiring videos from past 16 Days campaigns!
    5. Download and share an article with your religious community, such as
      "What the Faith Communities Can Do to Respond to Domestic Violence" (PDF)
    6. Read about common religious roadblocks and resources and the importance of a supportive faith community. "A Commentary on Religion and Domestic Violence"
      (PDF)
    7. Preview excerpts from FaithTrust Institute's DVD programs addressing domestic violence in Jewish, Muslim, and Christian families.
    8. Download and share this article with your community: "What Individuals Can Do to Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence."
    9. Sign the National Declaration by Religious and Spiritual Leaders to Address Violence Against Women.
    10. Human Rights Day is December 10 and the 16 Days of Activism purposefully links women's rights and human rights. Take a few moments to read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one of the most aspirational international documents ever created.

    16 DaysAbout the 16 Days Global Campaign

    The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence. The Center for Women’s Global Leadership is the global coordinator. The start and end dates of the Campaign are November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence, and December 10, Human Rights Day. These dates were chosen to emphasize that gender-based violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day; December 1 - World AIDS Day; and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

    The Campaign is successful because of the activism of millions of women and tens of thousands of organizations worldwide, who are committed to ending gender-based violence.

    The 16 Days Campaign calls individuals and groups around the world to eliminate all forms of violence against women by:

    • raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national,regional and international levels
    • strengthening local work around violence against women
    • establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women
    • providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
    • demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women
    • creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women

    To learn more about the global campaign, CLICK HERE.

     

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