We Will Speak Out South Africa New Developments

Important developments in the We Will Speak Out South Africa Coalition has taken the organisation to the next level. This was greatly assisted by the AmplifyChange partnership.

A number of meetings were held with a wide selection of Coalition members. This included:

  • The We will Speak Out South Africa Annual Coalition Meeting held at Rhema Ministries, Randburg on 24 November 2015
  • Various Skype meeting of the interim Steering Committee
  • Strategic planning meeting for all Coalition Members on 9 – 10 March 2016 at Real life Church, Sandton
  • Strategic planning meeting for Steering Committee Members o22-14 June in Durban.

Some of the important steps taken include:

  • The decision to employ a coordinator to facilitate the process
  • development of a social media presence through a Facebook page and a Twitter Profile
  • Updating of the database of interested parties.
  • Development of a draft membership document and registration form
  • Development of a draft constitution
We Will Speak Out SA Interim Steering Committee working hard in June 2016

We Will Speak Out SA Interim Steering Committee working hard in June 2016

The next step would be to employ a Coordinator to manage the process of refining and approving all draft documents in consultation with members and interested parties, formalising the structure of the coalition and registering with the relevant bodies.

 

 

 

The Interim Steering Committee is sad to share the news of the sudden death of the Amplify Change Project Coordinator, Ngwiza Khumalo. Ngwiza was diagnosed with a very aggessive form of bone marrow cancer and passed away a few days later. We ask for your prayers particularly for his wife and children, but also for the rest of his family and colleagues.

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UK launch of the CAR Sexual Violence Report.

The UK launch of an important report on sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) during the recent conflict in Central African Republic (CAR) brought government officials and faith leaders together this week…

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FCO Human Rights Minister Baroness Anelay’s message on ending SGBV.

FCO Human Rights Minister Baroness Anelay speaks about the urgency of ending violence against women and the importance of the start of 16 days of activism campaign on 25 November 2015. We thank her for mentioning the work of our coalition in her speech and FCO’s continuous support for the work with faith leaders and communities to end SGBV.

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Faith Movement For Gender Justice

Communiqué: outcomes of an international workshop for strengthening the global faith movement for gender justice.

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Read the Faith Leaders’ Declaration on Domestic Abuse – Restored Update

Pledging to Be Part of the Solution

On 15 July 2015, faith leaders from across the UK gathered at the House of Lords to speak out against domestic abuse. It was the first time that different faith leaders have stood together to acknowledge the problem of domestic abuse within their own faith communities, and to pledge to do something about it.

The first step: a nationwide Faith Leaders’ Declaration on Domestic Abuse endorsed by dozens of prominent UK faith leaders. Above all, the Declaration affirms that domestic abuse is irreconcilable with the teachings of our faiths. It commits faith leaders to addressing domestic abuse and promoting positive action. It also provides a practical definition for identifying domestic abuse in all its forms.

Hosted by Lord McColl of Dulwich and organised by Restored and FaithAction, the July 15th interfaith reception was an incredible opportunity for faith leaders to recognise our unique opportunities for challenging harmful beliefs and seeking an end to domestic abuse in our faith communities. The event featured speeches from Baroness Scotland (former Attorney General), Shahin Ashraf (Muslim Women’s Network UK), and Alastair Redfern (Bishop of Derby). Following the reception, we hope that faith leaders will endorse, circulate, and use the Declaration within their own faith communities.

For the next step of this initiative, Restored is looking for personal stories about how different people and faiths are working to end domestic abuse in the UK. On the 25th of November, we plan to publish these stories and show how effective a faith-based response can be in ending domestic abuse.

If you have any stories on how faith groups are working to end domestic abuse in your community, please send them to peter.grant@restoredrelationships.org.

 

Read the Faith Leaders’ Declaration on Domestic Abuse

 

Endorsements

‘Why is this declaration important? Because in all faiths in Britain right now, domestic abuse is being committed unseen and unreported. What this declaration says to perpetrators of domestic violence is that we, as faith leaders, will not tolerate it, nor remain silent about it, but, recognising the unique and positive opportunities we have within our faith communities, will challenge abusive patterns of behaviour, whether physical, sexual, psychological or spiritual, that have become too common within our faiths and wider society.’

– Peter Grant, co-director of Restored 

‘There are a number of misconceptions regarding domestic abuse and religion in our society. It is the duty of religious teachers to provide clarity and guidance on this issue as well as repel any incorrect beliefs and perceptions people may have about this growing problem.’

– Abdullah Hasan, Chief Imam at Holborn Mosque

‘Domestic abuse affects men and women of all faiths and backgrounds, and its impact can be felt across the generations. An estimated 1.4m women and 700,000 men were victims of abuse last year according to the ONS. There is much that faith institutions can do to challenge such behaviour and break that cycle of abuse. This declaration is a good first step in acknowledging that the problem exists and that all people of faith have an active role to play in changing society for the better.’

– Jasvir Singh, Chair of City Sikhs

‘Violence against women is a human problem, not a specifically religious one. But faith leaders have the potential to be part of the problem or part of the solution. In signing this charter we are pledging to be part of the solution.’

– Andrew Watson, Bishop of Guildford

Read the Restored press release: link

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16 days of activism campaign, 2014 by WWSOSA

You can view the final report from the 16 days campaign carried out by WWSOSA in 2014.

WWSOSA updated final report

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16 days of activism WWSO South Africa, 2014 campaign

Here are some pictures from the 16 days campaign led and facilitated by WWSOSA in 2014.

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