The We Will Speak Out International, US and South Africa coalitions are pleased to invite you to a parallel event at the United Nations’ 59th Commission on the Status of Women.

Global Faith Perspectives on Sexual and Gender Based Violence: 

Survivor, Practitioner, Faith Leader and Academic

When: Friday,13 March, 2015 | 12:30-2pm

Where: Armenian Convention Center, V Hall (630 2nd Avenue (at 35th street), New York NY)

An informal reception will follow at the Episcopal Church Center (815 2nd Avenue, New York NY) to continue conversations and networking.

Purpose: This panel showcases varied perspectives on how faith groups can be mobilized to create powerful change at local and national levels to end sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), an immense challenge to implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.


  • Survivor– Nikki Rineer (US): The importance of understanding and responding to survivors’ needs and priorities
  • Practitioner– Constance Mogina (HIV/AIDS Development Officer, Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea): Raising community awareness on prevention, care and support, and intervention for HIV/AIDS and SGBV
  • Faith Leader– Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya (Swaziland): The holistic role of faith communities in preventing and responding to SGBV
  • Academic– Kera Street (Harvard Divinity School): Research and recommendations on domestic abuse within the church
  • Moderator– Rev. Amy Gopp, Church World Service

Questions? Please contact Emily Esworthy ( or at 1-877-241-7952.