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Thursdays in black

Thursdays in black

by Sr. Noreen Stevens

“In every country, gender-based violence is a tragic reality. This violence is frequently hidden, and victims are often silent, fearing stigma and further violence.”

We have an opportunity to use our voices and presence to work toward a world without rape and violence. We have an opportunity, with DIAKONIA and DIAKONIA of the Americas and Caribbean (DOTAC), to join the Thursdays in Black movement to “make a difference to individuals, communities, and national and international policy forums.”

“Thursdays in Black grew out of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women (1988-1998), in which the stories of rape as a weapon of war, gender injustice, abuse, violence, and many tragedies that grow outward from such violence became all the more visible. But what also became visible was women’s resilience, agency and personal efforts to resist such violations.


The campaign was inspired by:

  • The Mothers of the Disappeared in Buenos Aires, Argentina who on Thursdays protested at the Plaza de Mayo, against the disappearance of their children during the violent dictatorship.
  • The Women in Black in Israel and Palestine, who up to now protest against war and violence.
  • Women in Rwanda and Bosnia who were protesting against the use of rape as a weapon of war during the genocide.
  • Black Sash movement in South Africa protesting against apartheid and its use of violence against black people.”


What do we do? Wear black on Thursdays. Tell people why you are dressed in black. Call/email the office and ask for a pin to wear on Thursdays. Declare you are part of the global movement resisting attitudes and practices that permit rape and violence. Encourage others to join you in wearing black – the color of resistance and resilience in this campaign. Share your Thursdays in Black experiences on social media.

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Please click above to watch a video from the World Council of Churches about Thursday’s in black.