What is Thursdays in Black? Thursdays in Black grew out of the World Council of Churches’ Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women (1988–1998), in which the stories of rape as a weapon of war, gender injustice, 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 at the Plaza de Mayo, against the disappearance of their children during the violent dictatorship.
• The Women in Black in Israel and Palestine, who protest against war and violence.
• Women in Rwanda and Bosnia who protested against the use of rape as a weapon of war.
• The Black Sash movement in South Africa protesting against apartheid and its use of violence against black people.
This is not just an issue in other countries, violence against women happens in our community. It happens to strangers and friends, sisters, aunts, nieces, daughters, and mothers. It happens to boys and men too. Many are affected by human trafficking, abuse, assault, and rape. It is an easy way to stand in solidarity. Here is a short video that offers more information. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MgfZVgaAFo