We Will Speak Out (WWSO) is a global coalition of faith-based NGOs, churches and organizations, supported by an alliance of technical partners and individuals who together commit themselves to see the end of sexual violence across communities around the world.
The WWSO coalition is committed to empowering women and girls, to transforming relationships between women and men, and to ensuring that the voices of survivors of sexual violence – women, girls, men and boys – are central to their work.
Though often prevalent in conflict and humanitarian contexts, sexual violence is common within communities worldwide – but as an issue it remains largely hidden. Women, girls, men and boys are all at risk of sexual violence.
UN statistics find that:
- Today, many women – in some countries as many as one in three – are beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in their lifetimes
- Worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime
- On the basis of data collected from 24,000 women in ten countries, between 55 and 95 per cent of women who have been physically abused by their partners have never contacted NGOs, shelters or the police for help
UNiTE to End Violence Against Women, 2009
The Church is part of communities worldwide, with a mandate to care and stand with people who are marginalised and vulnerable. Shame and fear often lead to sexual violence being hidden in both churches and the wider community.
The coalition partnership works together to harness efforts to prevent and eliminate sexual violence by supporting the church to speak out against sexual violence, show strong and positive leadership and become a ‘safe’ place for people to go to.
As a coalition, we can work together to influence legislation and policies with a united voice. We seek to give a voice to those who are most marginalised and create platforms for their voices to be heard.