The We Will Speak Out coalition and Episcopal Relief & Development are pleased to invite you to a parallel event, titled “Engaging Men of Faith to be Champions in the Fight to End Sexual and Gender-Based Violence,” at the 60th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.

Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a global pandemic, but faith communities and their predominantly male leaders have remained relatively silent on this issue. Commonly perceived to be a “women’s issue,” SGBV impacts women and men alike. Men must be a part of the solution if we are to end SGBV.

We Will Speak Out will present a cross-section of male leaders of all ages representing the global work of faith communities to end sexual and gender-based violence.  An interfaith panel made up of Muslim and Christian men will present their roles in the initiatives they are driving as champions in the fight to end violence against girls and women.

The panel will focus on changing perceptions of gender roles and masculinities and how to engage faith communities and beyond to change the norms for future generations. Recognizing that violence against women is as old as millennia, behavior change and changing norms has proven to be a long—even generational—process.

This international, interfaith, and intergenerational panel of men will share their wisdom, commitment, and first-hand experiences of how they are engaged in this critical process, and how we can join them in their efforts.

Jimmie Briggs Profile_resizedModerator: Jimmie Briggs

The founding executive director of Man Up Campaign, Jimmie Briggs has spent his professional life focusing in the lives and well-being of children and youth, women and girls, both as an award-winning journalist and later a lecturer and advocate. In 2010 he co-founded Man Up Campaign, a global initiative activating and supporting youth to stop violence against women and girls through sports, arts and technology. For his work with Man Up Campaign and violence-affected youth,  Briggs was selected as the winner of the 2010 GQ Magazine “Better Men Better World” Search, as well as one of Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.

We Will Speak Out is a movement of diverse faith groups joining together with other leaders for action and advocacy to end the silence around sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Our mission is to work at local, national and global levels to raise awareness, care for victims, encourage law enforcement and change our culture of tolerance and inaction.

For more information, please contact Rev. Amy Gopp, VP of External Relations, IMA World Health, at

“Engaging Men of Faith to be Champions in the Fight to End Sexual and Gender-Based Violence”

A Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations NGO-CSW Parallel Event Panel

When: 6:15 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2016

Where: Boss Room, Church Center of the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10017

This event is open and free to the public.


Rev. Michael Sie
Member of Interfaith Technical Working Group and Advisor
Episcopal Church of Liberia Relief and Development Gender Based Violence Program

Jeanne Ndimubakunzi
Coordinator of the Fight Against Gender Based Violence
Anglican Church of Burundi

Quentin Walcott
Co-Executive Director
CONNECT, New York City

Co-sponsored by We Will Speak Out US and Episcopal Relief & Development