National WWSO coalitions

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We Will Speak Out – United States

One of our members, IMA World Health have been instrumental in establishing a US based coalition – ‘We Will Speak Out’ (US).

This is a coalition of faith organisations, dedicated to changing the culture of violence in the United States as well as overseas.

The global coalition works alongside the US coalition in raising awareness and mobilising/equipping faith communities.

 

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We Will Speak Out – South Africa

On the 25th November 2013, the national WWSO coalition was launched at an event hosted by the Anglican Archbishop of Southern Africa and UNAIDS in Pretoria. For more information please go here.

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Panellists from the the Anglican Church, HOPE Africa, National Prosecuting Authority, Tearfund, SAFFI, Sonke Gender Justice, UNAIDS and UNWomen spoke during the event (in alphabetical order)

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The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, the Most Revd Thabo Makgoba lead the attendees in prayers for those affected by sexual violence and the local church to respond and prevent sexual violence.

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We Will Speak Out – Democratic Republic of Congo

On the 27th February 2014, the national WWSO coalition was launched at an event co-hosted by the Anglican Archbishop Henri Isingoma and UNAIDS in Kinshasa. Bringing together faith leaders, NGOs, UN agencies and key stakeholders, the meeting symbolised a commitment from all stakeholders to work together to end sexual violence throughout the DRC.

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Photo, left: Hendrew Lusey (EHAIA), Archbishop Isingoma, Dr Sahko (UNAIDS) and Christine Karambu (Tearfund) speak on the panel during the launch.

Photo, right: IMA World Health share about the context of SV within the DRC

British Ambassador to DRC Diane Corner

We had the honour to have UK Ambassador, Diane Corner to close the launch meeting in Kinshasa.

Diane also signed the WWSO personal pledge to speak out and act against sexual violence.

To sign the pledge go here.

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