21st Century Wilberforce Initiative

21st Century Wilberforce Initiative 21Wilberforce is a Christian organization working to defend and expand freedom of belief globally. 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative champions religious freedom, the bedrock of human rights protection.
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In the 19th Century, British parliamentarian William Wilberforce led a slave abolition movement that sparked revival. His model - education to raise religious and political awareness, policy engagement, and collaborative partnerships - provides a powerful roadmap to address religious freedom in the 21st century. We use advocacy, education and technology to urge people of all faiths to stand for religious freedom and against persecution. Visit 21wilberforce.org

Mission: 21Wilberforce is a Christian organization working to defend and expand freedom of belief globally.

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New Film Commemorates 21 Coptic Martyrs - Coptic Solidarity
02/16/2021
New Film Commemorates 21 Coptic Martyrs - Coptic Solidarity

New Film Commemorates 21 Coptic Martyrs - Coptic Solidarity

By Raymond Ibrahim – Exclusive to Coptic Solidarity – Today, on the sixth anniversary of the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians at the hands of the Islamic State in Libya, news appeared that a film depicting their story is set to appear later this year in Egypt. The film commemorates what happene...

01/26/2021
God Bless America
01/20/2021

God Bless America

The U.S. officially has determined that #China has engaged in "genocide" and "crimes against humanity" against nearly 1 ...
01/19/2021

The U.S. officially has determined that #China has engaged in "genocide" and "crimes against humanity" against nearly 1 million Uighur Muslims -- citing a campaign of mass internment, forced labor and forced sterilization
https://21wfreedom.center/uyghurs/

01/18/2021
Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide

January 16th is recognized as RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY, reminding us to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background. January 18 is MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, reminding us to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background.

21Wilberforce recently hosted a panel of young faith community leaders. They discussed how faith communities can educate and mobilize students and young professionals to form multifaith support networks, build mutual respect, and prevent intolerance and violence.
https://fb.watch/35C1H_XV-p/

On #ReligiousFreedomDay, we stand in solidarity with the victims and survivors of genocide and other mass atrocities who have been targeted for their religious beliefs. Watch the public premiere of a recent event with 21Wilberforce and a panel of young faith community leaders. They discuss how faith communities can educate and mobilize students and young professionals to form multifaith support networks, build mutual respect, and prevent intolerance and violence.

Speakers include:
Commissioner Gayle Manchin (Panel Moderator), Chair of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
Naomi Kikoler, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dr. Randell Everett, President, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative
Ayak Chol Deng Alak, South Sudanese activist, Co-Founder, Policy and Advocacy Personnel at AnaTaban Arts Initiative
Jewher Ilham, #Uyghur activist, Keynote Speaker at the 2019 International Religious Freedom Ministerial
Megan Rodgers, STAND student director
Pari Ibrahim, Yezidi activist, Executive Director of the Free Yezidi Foundation
Wai Wai Nu, Rohingya activist, Executive Director of Women Peace Network - Arakan and current U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellow

The 2021 World Watch List report reveals disturbing new trends including an opportunistic expansion of extremist violenc...
01/18/2021
World Watch List - Open Doors USA

The 2021 World Watch List report reveals disturbing new trends including an opportunistic expansion of extremist violence from Nigeria into Sub-Saharan Africa, implications of technology's increasing role in the persecution of religious minorities, and new data indicating one-in-eight Christians now suffer for their religious beliefs worldwide.

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/

Open Doors USA is a 501(c)(3) organization and charter member of ECFA, the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability. Federal Tax ID# 23-7275342

There are only hours left to our Faith in Action year-end campaign. It you have not given yet, now is the time. Help us ...
12/31/2020

There are only hours left to our Faith in Action year-end campaign. It you have not given yet, now is the time. Help us challenge the repression of Christians and religious minorities through our advocacy and leadership training and partnerships around the world. We are grateful for your prayers and support. Please give now.
https://21Wilberforce.org/give

We might live in a different world today, but tragically, millions of people, including Christians and religious minorit...
12/23/2020

We might live in a different world today, but tragically, millions of people, including Christians and religious minorities around the world, are still being persecuted — and yes, even killed — for what they believe. That makes the work of 21Wilberforce — training emergent leaders around the globe to defend religious freedom — even more essential.
Learn more at https://21wilberforce.org/give

As freedom of religion or belief is under assault as never before, we are inspired by people around the world who are li...
12/18/2020

As freedom of religion or belief is under assault as never before, we are inspired by people around the world who are literally risking their lives for their faith. And we are inspired by friends like you, who give so much to help us create a world where people can worship without fear of persecution.

Learn more at https://21wilberforce.org/give

Loving your global neighbor
12/13/2020
Loving your global neighbor

Loving your global neighbor

This week, the United Nations marks Human Rights Day. But it won't be much of a celebration, as a pandemic of persecution impacts billions of people around the world. In response, Christians should stand up and meet this challenge, speaking out for those experiencing human rights abuses and assaults

Check out the latest episode of the #SocialChange #Career #Podcast featuring leading innovator for #humanrights #peace &...
12/10/2020

Check out the latest episode of the #SocialChange #Career #Podcast featuring leading innovator for #humanrights #peace & #justice Wai Wai Nu Nu one of the leading activists from #Myanmar

Wai Wai Nu has global notoriety as a champion of #democracy and #humanrights as attested by her many accolades including TIME Magazine Next Gen Leader; #Hillar Clinton Awards; Young Global Leader World Economic Forum; Impact Hero by Earth Company, among others including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

In Episode 15 of Season 7 Wai Wai shares her story as a political-prisoner in her native Myanmar. Far from letting her own personal and her family’s ordeal under military dictatorship define her; Wai Wai tells us how she became a #lawyer, founded two #NGOs and how she has built a career of service championing democracy and human rights for all.
Find out how she uses her Instagram to mobilize Myanmar’s youth for #socialimpact and #freedom.

https://lnkd.in/emWmV9E

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, t...
12/10/2020

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.

This year’s Human Rights Day theme relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts.

United States Takes Action Against Violators of Religious Freedom including Nigeria added to the CPC list.https://bit.ly...
12/07/2020
United States Takes Action Against Violators of Religious Freedom - United States Department of State

United States Takes Action Against Violators of Religious Freedom including Nigeria added to the CPC list.
https://bit.ly/36QTpSf

Religious freedom is an unalienable right, and the bedrock upon which free societies are built and flourish. Today, the United States – a nation founded by those fleeing religious persecution, as the recent Commission on Unalienable Rights report noted – once again took action to defend those wh...

"Today marks a new day for human rights and the freedom of religion, as the US House adopts #HRes512, which calls for a ...
12/07/2020

"Today marks a new day for human rights and the freedom of religion, as the US House adopts #HRes512, which calls for a global end to discriminatory blasphemy and apostasy laws! #endblasphemylaws We now call on @SenatorRisch and @SenatorMenendez to pass SRes458 in the Senate."

Please support our critical work with your tax-deductible year-end gift now and your donation will be doubled thanks to ...
12/07/2020

Please support our critical work with your tax-deductible year-end gift now and your donation will be doubled thanks to a generous donor. Stand with us to defend the vulnerable and victimized and to champion religious freedom and respect for the equal human dignity of persons of every faith.
https://21Wilberforce.org/give

https://blogs.iu.edu/hamiltonlugar/2020/11/30/rohingya-activist-wai-wai-nu-to-receive-prestigious-award-at-conference-on...
12/03/2020
Rohingya Activist Wai Wai Nu to Receive Prestigious Award at Conference on America’s Role in the World® – Hamilton Lugar School News

https://blogs.iu.edu/hamiltonlugar/2020/11/30/rohingya-activist-wai-wai-nu-to-receive-prestigious-award-at-conference-on-americas-role-in-the-world/

Rohingya Activist Wai Wai Nu to Receive Prestigious Award at Conference on America’s Role in the World® Posted on November 30, 2020 by Hamilton Lugar School At the Hamilton Lugar School’s sixth conference on America’s Role in the World®, Rohingya Burmese activist Wai Wai Nu will receive the ...

21Wilberforce is launching our Faith in Action year-end campaign. We train pastors and lay leaders in local communities ...
12/02/2020

21Wilberforce is launching our Faith in Action year-end campaign. We train pastors and lay leaders in local communities around the world who actively experience persecution to advance and protect religious freedom. We encourage, equip, and empower them to serve as companions and change agents in their culture. Please support this important work. Your donation will be matched dollar-for dollar.
https://21wilberforce.org/give

Today is Giving Tuesday and we are launching our Faith in Action year-end campaign. We train pastors and lay leaders in ...
12/01/2020

Today is Giving Tuesday and we are launching our Faith in Action year-end campaign. We train pastors and lay leaders in local communities around the world who actively experience persecution to advance and protect religious freedom. We encourage, equip, and empower them to serve as companions and change agents in their culture for religious freedom. Please support this important work. Your donation will be matched dollar-for dollar.
https://21wilberforce/give

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback received the Frank Wolf IRF Award during a moving ...
11/19/2020

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback received the Frank Wolf IRF Award during a moving virtual program this week. Cong. Frank Wolf, ChinaAid Founder and persecution survivor Bob Fu, USCIRF Commissioner Gayle Manchin and Ambassador David Saperstein each offered powerful tributes about Amb. Brownback.

Watch the program here:https://21wilberforce.org/award/

Join 21Wilberforce and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Simon-Skjodt Center on Nov. 19th at 10:30 AM for a discussio...
11/13/2020

Join 21Wilberforce and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Simon-Skjodt Center on Nov. 19th at 10:30 AM for a discussion with USCIRF Chair Gayle Manchin and key young advocates on how young leaders can take action to prevent atrocities & protect freedom of religion or belief! https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vzCnbV9eQpupbdPpFzKgOw

For ANYONE interested in  joining the largest Religious Freedom event happening this year, you  can access the full Even...
11/10/2020

For ANYONE interested in joining the largest Religious Freedom event happening this year, you can access the full Events Program with official log in options, and RSVPs to independent side events at www.irfroundtable.org

Today we unite globally to pray for the persecuted. Let’s pray that in spite of the pressure and persecution, our suffer...
11/08/2020

Today we unite globally to pray for the persecuted. Let’s pray that in spite of the pressure and persecution, our suffering brothers and sisters –where ever they may be in the world — would stand firm in their

International Religious Freedom (IRF) Day, October 27, 2020, marks the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Internatio...
10/27/2020

International Religious Freedom (IRF) Day, October 27, 2020, marks the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA). IRFA sought to make religious freedom a priority in U.S. foreign policy.

Learn more at: https://21wfreedom.center/library/irf-act/

Tomorrow, OCTOBER 27th, we commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act), l...
10/26/2020

Tomorrow, OCTOBER 27th, we commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act), landmark legislation that – for the first time – made promoting and defending international religious freedom a specific focus of U.S. foreign policy.

Read more about the IRF Act here: https://21wfreedom.center/library/irf-act/

10/23/2020
International Day of Prayer

The International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) has united millions of Christians in prayer. Join us this year on 1st and 8th November as we unite globally to pray for the persecuted.

The Cameroonian government uses the term Boko Haram to refer loosely to the Nigerian jihadist group of the same name, as...
10/20/2020
Cameroon Closes Schools as Boko Haram Suicide Bombings Increase

The Cameroonian government uses the term Boko Haram to refer loosely to the Nigerian jihadist group of the same name, as well as the breakaway Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group.

Boko Haram launched its insurgency in Nigeria in 2009 before spilling over into neighboring Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

https://www.voanews.com/africa/cameroon-closes-schools-boko-haram-suicide-bombings-increase

Cameroon says it has again closed more than 60 schools on its northern border with Nigeria to save children and teaching staff from increasing Boko Haram attacks. The central African state has deployed its military to teach displaced children in locations they say are safe.

Emerging Leaders 2020 is a wrap!Nine college students interested in promoting and protecting international religious fre...
10/15/2020

Emerging Leaders 2020 is a wrap!

Nine college students interested in promoting and protecting international religious freedom met virtually for six weeks followed by a four day intensive that concluded with two teams collaborating and presenting advocacy campaigns.

Thanks to the following speakers: Pamela Tsai, USCIRF Commissioners Gayle Manchin and Tony Perkins, USCIRF staff Thomas Kraemer and Scott Weiner, Ambassador David Saperstein, IRF Roundtable Managing Co-Chair Greg Mitchell, Naomi Kikoler, Dir. Holocaust Museum's Center for Genocide Prevention, Sarah Seitz, LD in the U.S. Senate, Rachel Wagley, LD in the U.S. House of Representatives and the 21Wilberforce staff.

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21Wilberforce is a human rights organization dedicated to defending people of faith internationally. Our vision is to empower people of faith to collaboratively support persecuted communities, challenge religious repression, and expand religious freedom globally. As global religious freedom advocates, 21Wilberforce equips persecuted groups and their leaders through:

-Policy reforms and prisoner release initiative

-Network mobilization - connecting grassroots to high-level advocacy

-Leadership and advocacy training

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