Thursdays in Black!
“Hope is not the expectation that things will be better tomorrow; hope is the capacity to do the right thing today.” – Mitri Raheb, Lutheran pastor in Bethlehem
The World Day of Prayer movement brings people together in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.
As we ecumenically prepare the March celebration, we hear about the situations of women and girls around the world, and we realize how close to home those stories are.
We pray with them for the ending of their suffering, we commit to promote awareness, we advocate for women’s human rights, we support the survivors of violence who are among us, and we raise funds to empower them to live in a world without rape and gender based violence.
At our International Meeting, in August 2017, in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, we wore black to educate ourselves about the Thursdays in Black campaign and to show our support! The campaign has traveled to the local communities, where we join others involved in the campaign started by the World Council of Churches (WCC).
Thursdays in Black grew out of the WCC Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women (1988-1998), in which the stories of rape as a weapon of war, abuse, violence, and many tragedies that grow outward from such violence became all the more visible. However, also visible was women’s resilience, agency and personal efforts to resist such violations.*
As Fulata Moyo explained to the WDP community, “in this campaign, black is used as color of resistance. Let us journey together for a world of gender justice and peace.” (WDPIC 2015 Journal, page 51)
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 violence.*
We encourage you to join the Thursdays in Black campaign and to share its message.
Here are some steps that you may want to take:
(*Extracted from Churches’ Advocacy against Sexual, Gender-Based Violence, WCC Thursdays in Black pamphlet.)
2/3/2018 02:43:15 am
Wo bekomme ich die Buttons?
11/7/2018 03:29:31 am
I am happy t/o join the protest about war and abuse against women and wear BLACK on Thursdays.
6/15/2019 09:46:48 pm
I would very much like to join you in The Thursdays in Black protest. I stand with Women in Black on Saturdays in Bellevue, Wa. How can I obtain buttons for the protest?
3/24/2020 11:09:08 am
Thank you for information
2/1/2021 09:55:24 am
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3/10/2022 05:45:14 pm
I live in the UK and would like to purchase a pin badge and a t-shirt and have been going through the internet to no avail. Could you please point me in the right direction.
10/6/2022 11:27:12 am
Dears, some young people here in Rwanda and DR Congo got to know the Thursdays in Black movement during their Healing & REbuilding Our Communities (HROC) training in Musanze/ Rwanda, and they start wearing black on Thursdays to document their standing up for safety of and respect for women's integrity. Working with them, i would like to order a bag full of these wonderful buttons (i received one while working with the Mekane Yesus Church in Addis/ Ethiopia from their women's desk...). Could someone let me know where i can order them and ahve them sent here to Rwnada without paying ridiculously high shipement costs (e.g. being sent from Europe, not the US would be much cheaper)? THANK YOU, and may peace be with you! Kindly, anne
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