The campaign is simple but profound. Wear black on Thursdays. Wear a pin to declare you are part of the global movement resisting attitudes and practices that permit rape and violence. Show your respect for women who are resilient in the face of violence. Encourage others to join you. Often black has been used with negative racial connotations. In this campaign, Black is used as a color of resistance and resilience.
What is the Thursdays in Black Campaign?
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, 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 in the Plaza de Mayo against the disappearance of their children during the violent dictatorship.
The Women in Black in Israel and Palestine, who continue to 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.
The Black Sash movement in South Africa protesting against apartheid and its use of violence against black people.
This global ecumenical campaign has been adopted by many of the WCC’s 348 member churches, national councils and ecumenical and inter-religious partners, academic institutions, student associations, and more.
Join this movement of people and organizations that can make a difference to individuals, communities and national and international policy forums. Thursdays in Black pins are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Swedish and Swahili. Share your Thursdays in Black campaign photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Use #ThursdaysinBlack #WCC.
For more information on how you can join the campaign and order Thursdays in Black pins, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.oikoumene.org/en/what-we-do/Thursdays-in-Black