In the 19th century, British Parliamentarian William Wilberforce identified the slave trade as the single greatest violation of human rights. Over several years he led a successful abolition movement through collaborative partnerships, grassroots empowerment, and policy campaigns. 21Wilberforce is employing this powerful model to train and empower others, facilitate results-based solutions, and work with like-minded partners to advance religious freedom. Here are highlights from our work in 2021.
21Wilberforce Hosts Speak Freedom Conference
Leaders who want to transform society need the courage to take risks, the commitment to seek excellence and the compassion to advocate for the vulnerable and voiceless, panelists told the Speak Freedom Conference at Dallas Baptist University. Read more. Watch sessions here.
21Wilberforce releases 116th Congress IRF Scorecard
21Wilberforce tracks the progress of Congressional efforts regarding international religious freedom or belief and has published the International Religious Freedom Congressional Scorecard for the 116th Congress (January 2019-December 2020.) The scorecard evaluates members of Congress on their public support for international religious freedom or belief during the 116th Congress based on their sponsorship of bills, resolutions, and amendments, related caucus work, and votes in the House and the Senate. Read more.
Global one day conference on leadership and persecution
The Baptist World Alliance and 21Wilberforce presented: Together with the Persecuted – a virtual one day conference featuring presentations from respected global leaders and advocates of religious freedom in two program tracks. Track one: Global Impact Leadership featured leaders from ministries, non-profit humanitarian and advocacy organizations, and business who shared sage advice on how to lead courageously through some of the greatest challenges of our time. Track two: A Call to Stand Together focused on how we can support Christians and other religious minorities as they face increased persecution globally. Watch sessions here.
Trent Martin co-chairs IRF Summit youth track
Advocates from across the United States and around the world gathered in Washington, D.C. and virtually at a national IRF Summit to focus on working together to support International Religious Freedom (IRF). The Summit featured a young leaders track for ages 16 to 30 to equip participants with the knowledge, advocacy skills, and professional connections to make a difference on the frontlines of human rights advocacy. Chaired by Nguyen Dinh Thang and co-chaired by 21Wilberforce Advocacy and Training Coordinator, Trent Martin, the training was provided by experienced advocates, government officials, and survivors of religious persecution. Read more.
Global religious freedom project data collaboration
21Wilberforce, the Loeb Institute at George Washington University, and Genocide Watch recently held an event to introduce the Religious Freedom Data Spectrum, a new initiative that will collect, map, and connect diverse religious freedom data. US Commission on International Religious Freedom Supervisory Policy Analyst Scott Weiner shared remarks on USCIRF’s country ranking system and the importance of examining the broad spectrum of data in advocacy work for the freedom of religion or belief. Read more.
21Wilberforce Global FoRB Summit participants craft advocacy campaign
Over the weekend of November 5-7, emerging leaders from ten countries spread over four continents joined together for 21Wilberforce’s inaugural Global FoRB Action Summit. This global and multi-faith group of university students and young professionals learned from and interacted directly with world-class advocacy trainers. Read more.
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