SPEAK OUT SUNDAY: Why November 24?

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One of the top activities for WeWillSpeakOut.US is an annual day of observance we call SPEAK OUT SUNDAY – a day we’re asking churches to set aside for dialogue, teaching, prayer and action around sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) and its prevention.

This year SPEAK OUT SUNDAY falls on November 24th.

But why November 24? we have been asked, mainly by those who have other great ideas for when the day should be.

The United Nations has designated November 25 as the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.” This date kicks of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, started by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and observed every year from November 25 through December 10, which is International Human Rights Day.

The 16 Days, therefore, create an important link between violence against women and human rights — a connection we must all make in our minds and hearts if we’re ever going to overcome the epidemic of sexual and gender based violence.

We launched SPEAK OUT SUNDAY to be the faith community’s way of collectively uniting with and amplifying these global efforts.

SPEAK OUT SUNDAY will migrate every year to the closest Sunday in or near the 16 Days. Those participating in a SPEAK OUT SABBATH or planning a SPEAK OUT SERVICE are encouraged to choose a date that makes the most sense within that same time frame as well. However, if you, your church or your organization has scheduled activities during another day or even another month, that’s great! Our goal is not to reinvent the wheel or duplicate efforts, but rather to unite and amplify the voices and efforts of those working to tackle these issues.

Regardless of your time frame or date of observance, the important thing is that you are speaking out and taking action!

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Interested in sharing your work with us? We’d love to post a blog or video about your projects, sermons or activities responding to SGBV to help encourage and inspire other members of the WeWillSpeakOut.US movement. Email us at info@wewillspeakout.us!