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

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Wai Wai Nu, founder of Women’s Peace Network, honored for her civil society advocacy at IRF Summit 2021.
07/16/2021

Wai Wai Nu, founder of Women’s Peace Network, honored for her civil society advocacy at IRF Summit 2021.

Wai Wai Nu, founder of Women’s Peace Network, honored for her civil society advocacy at IRF Summit 2021.

21Wilberforce Advocacy Training Coordinator Trent Martin co-chaired Young Leaders training at IRF Summit 2021. He also s...
07/16/2021

21Wilberforce Advocacy Training Coordinator Trent Martin co-chaired Young Leaders training at IRF Summit 2021. He also shared how to launch an advocacy campaign.

21Wilberforce Advocacy Training Coordinator Trent Martin co-chaired Young Leaders training at IRF Summit 2021. He also shared how to launch an advocacy campaign.

Courageous women who were persecuted for their faith or those of family members shared their stories at IRF Summit 2021....
07/16/2021

Courageous women who were persecuted for their faith or those of family members shared their stories at IRF Summit 2021.
Irene Weiss-Holocaust Survivor, Grace Gao-Chinese Human Rights activist, Mariam Ibrahim, Director of Global Mobilization, T-shirt Alnisa Foundation, and Ensaf Haider, President of Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom.

Courageous women who were persecuted for their faith or those of family members shared their stories at IRF Summit 2021.
Irene Weiss-Holocaust Survivor, Grace Gao-Chinese Human Rights activist, Mariam Ibrahim, Director of Global Mobilization, T-shirt Alnisa Foundation, and Ensaf Haider, President of Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom.

International Religious Freedom champion Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and former Distinguished Senior Fellow of 21Wilbe...
07/14/2021

International Religious Freedom champion Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and former Distinguished Senior Fellow of 21Wilberforce called for a Genocide Caucus to be formed in the US Congress.

International Religious Freedom champion Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and former Distinguished Senior Fellow of 21Wilberforce called for a Genocide Caucus to be formed in the US Congress.

This amazing one hour international music concert will inspire and comfort you.Thank you Baptist World Alliance for coor...
07/07/2021
22nd Baptist World Congress: International Music Festival (Part 1)

This amazing one hour international music concert will inspire and comfort you.Thank you Baptist World Alliance for coordinating talent from around the globe.

A unique opportunity to experience and enjoy the rich diversity of music, culture and color that makes up the global Baptist family. Be blessed as your fello...

Please pray for students abducted from Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna, Nigeria. Gunmen kidnapped 140 children from...
07/07/2021
140 Nigerian Baptist Students Kidnapped in Kaduna

Please pray for students abducted from Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna, Nigeria. Gunmen kidnapped 140 children from a boarding school in in the latest in a wave of mass abductions targeting schoolchildren and students.

(UPDATED) “This is a very, very sad situation for us,” says Bethel Baptist pastor and state CAN leader whose son narrowly escaped.

You are invited: Two program tracks, 10 hours of dynamic contentThe Baptist World Alliance and 21Wilberforce are excited...
06/30/2021
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You are invited: Two program tracks, 10 hours of dynamic content

The Baptist World Alliance and 21Wilberforce are excited to present: Together with the Persecuted – a virtual one day conference featuring presentations from respected leaders and advocates of religious freedom in two program tracks.

Track One: Global Impact Leadership features leaders from ministries, non-profit humanitarian and advocacy organizations, and business who share sage advice on how to lead courageously through some of the greatest challenges of our time.

Track Two: A Call to Stand Together focuses on how we can support Christians and other religious minorities as they face increased persecution globally.

Learn more and register to attend the online event on July 7, 2021, or view any time after that date.

https://bwa2021.org/together-with-the-persecuted/

The U.S. Department of State recently announced that it would impose sanctions on individuals responsible for human righ...
06/29/2021
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The U.S. Department of State recently announced that it would impose sanctions on individuals responsible for human rights violations in the Tigray region, following a visit by U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman.

USCIRF Policy Analyst Mohy Omer joins us USCIRF Director of Outreach and Policy Dwight Bashir to discuss the situation in Tigray and how this impacts freedom of religion or belief in Ethiopia. Listen to episodes on https://USCIRF.gov, or on most podcast hosting platforms.

Advancing international freedom of religion or belief, by independently assessing and unflinchingly confronting threats to this fundamental right.

06/24/2021
Rubio, Merkley Applaud Committee Passage of Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

“Today’s Foreign Relations Committee committee passage of this bipartisan bill is a significant step in ensuring Beijing is not profiting from its genocide and crimes against Uyghurs and other ethnic groups in Xinjiang,” Rubio said. “We cannot turn a blind eye to the CCP’s ongoing crimes against humanity. We must enact legislation to prevent products, made with forced labor, from entering our nation’s supply chains.

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) applauded the Senate Committee on Foreign Relation’s passage of their bipartisan Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (S.65), which will ensure that goods made with forced labor from Uyghurs and others in the Xinji...

Join us TODAY for a live panel with distinguished IRF leaders Nury Turkel, Wai Wai Nu, and Hormoz Shariat at this IRF Co...
06/22/2021

Join us TODAY for a live panel with distinguished IRF leaders Nury Turkel, Wai Wai Nu, and Hormoz Shariat at this IRF Congressional Scorecard event. They will highlight the harassment, discrimination and persecution that has occurred and continues to take place in China, Myanmar and Iran.
https://21wilberforce.org/irf-scorecard-event/

Join us TODAY for a live panel with distinguished IRF leaders Nury Turkel, Wai Wai Nu, and Hormoz Shariat at this IRF Congressional Scorecard event. They will highlight the harassment, discrimination and persecution that has occurred and continues to take place in China, Myanmar and Iran.
https://21wilberforce.org/irf-scorecard-event/

Don't miss our live panel with distinguished IRF leaders Nury Turkel, Wai Wai Nu, and Hormoz Shariat at this IRF Congres...
06/14/2021

Don't miss our live panel with distinguished IRF leaders Nury Turkel, Wai Wai Nu, and Hormoz Shariat at this IRF Congressional Scorecard event. They will highlight the harassment, discrimination and persecution that has occurred and continues to take place in China, Myanmar and Iran. Join us!
https://21wilberforce.org/irf-scorecard-event/

Don't miss our live panel with distinguished IRF leaders Nury Turkel, Wai Wai Nu, and Hormoz Shariat at this IRF Congressional Scorecard event. They will highlight the harassment, discrimination and persecution that has occurred and continues to take place in China, Myanmar and Iran. Join us!
https://21wilberforce.org/irf-scorecard-event/

The IRF Congressional Scorecard has an incredibly important story to tell. Join us to hear from global advocates on Chin...
06/10/2021

The IRF Congressional Scorecard has an incredibly important story to tell. Join us to hear from global advocates on China, Myanmar and Iran and to review IRF legislative highlights during the 116th Congress.
https://21wilberforce.org/irf-scorecard-event/

The IRF Congressional Scorecard has an incredibly important story to tell. Join us to hear from global advocates on China, Myanmar and Iran and to review IRF legislative highlights during the 116th Congress.
https://21wilberforce.org/irf-scorecard-event/

Heightened threats to security and human right violations in China are considered a national emergency.
06/04/2021
US investors banned from investing in 59 Chinese companies

Heightened threats to security and human right violations in China are considered a national emergency.

The Biden administration has extended Donald Trump’s blacklist on Chinese companies that it says threaten security and human rights.

Boko Haram has held Leah in captivity since 2018 - four birthdays without her family. While the government of Nigeria se...
05/14/2021

Boko Haram has held Leah in captivity since 2018 - four birthdays without her family. While the government of Nigeria secured the release of the other Dapchi abducted girls ISIS-WA has kept Leah Sharibu because she refused to comply with their demands and convert to Islam. #FreeLeah #SpeakUpForLeah

Boko Haram has held Leah in captivity since 2018 - four birthdays without her family. While the government of Nigeria secured the release of the other Dapchi abducted girls ISIS-WA has kept Leah Sharibu because she refused to comply with their demands and convert to Islam. #FreeLeah #SpeakUpForLeah

The U.S. and 18 member states of the U.N. spoke out strongly against the atrocities committed against the Uyghurs by the...
05/14/2021
China challenges UN event focused on its Uyghur population

The U.S. and 18 member states of the U.N. spoke out strongly against the atrocities committed against the Uyghurs by the Chinese government.

(RNS) — China attempted to arrange a boycott of the United Nations event before ultimately deciding to make a last-minute appearance denying the various charges against its treatment of the country’s Uyghur minority.

Six years ago 21Wilberforce published our first biannual International Religious Freedom Scorecard to track continuing e...
05/07/2021
Home - IRF Scorecard

Six years ago 21Wilberforce published our first biannual International Religious Freedom Scorecard to track continuing efforts by Congress to counter affronts to international religious freedom. We just released the 116th Congress IRF Scorecard.
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National Day of Prayer ceremony May 6th
05/06/2021

National Day of Prayer ceremony May 6th

National Day of Prayer ceremony May 6th

04/27/2021

Will you help us raise awareness within your congregations, organizations, and community about the violence and unrest impacting the citizens of Myanmar? You're invited to participate in a Myanmar Red Ribbon Solidarity Initiative April 28-May 2. With a daily focus and accompanying resources, this is an opportunity for global Baptists to stand together in prayer, advocacy, and theological reflection. Sign up now at BaptistWorld.org/stand-with-myanmar. #StandWithMyanmar

Armenians on Saturday visited the country’s memorial to the victims of massacres under the rule of Ottoman Turkey.The co...
04/25/2021

Armenians on Saturday visited the country’s memorial to the victims of massacres under the rule of Ottoman Turkey.

The commemoration comes as Armenia marked the anniversary of the 1915 #ArmenianGenocide where an estimated 1.5 million people were killed

Armenians on Saturday visited the country’s memorial to the victims of massacres under the rule of Ottoman Turkey.

The commemoration comes as Armenia marked the anniversary of the 1915 #ArmenianGenocide where an estimated 1.5 million people were killed

The Speak Freedom Conference held earlier this week on the campus of Dallas Baptist University presented compelling spea...
04/15/2021
Leadership demands courage, commitment and compassion

The Speak Freedom Conference held earlier this week on the campus of Dallas Baptist University presented compelling speakers who challenged participants to put their faith into action for social justice.

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.

Holocaust survivors launch new campaign to show how ‘it started with words’
04/08/2021
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Holocaust survivors launch new campaign to show how ‘it started with words’

#ItStartedWithWords Scroll Down #ItStartedWithWords is a Holocaust education campaign in which Holocaust survivors from around the world reflect on the moments leading up to the Holocaust – a time they could not have predicted the transition their neighbors, teachers, classmates and colleagues mad...

Effective change makers seek out the vulnerable and take positive steps to advocate for change and prevent injustice. Th...
04/05/2021

Effective change makers seek out the vulnerable and take positive steps to advocate for change and prevent injustice. This conference can help you learn and grow as a leader.

The Speak Freedom Conference is one week away. To learn more and register for this relevant and motivating event:
https://21Wilberforce.org/sfevent

Effective change makers seek out the vulnerable and take positive steps to advocate for change and prevent injustice. This conference can help you learn and grow as a leader.

The Speak Freedom Conference is one week away. To learn more and register for this relevant and motivating event:
https://21Wilberforce.org/sfevent

04/04/2021
Effective change makers seek out the vulnerable and take positive steps to advocate for change and prevent injustice. Th...
03/22/2021

Effective change makers seek out the vulnerable and take positive steps to advocate for change and prevent injustice. This conference can help you learn and grow as a leader. Learn more:
https://21Wilberforce.org/sfevent

Effective change makers seek out the vulnerable and take positive steps to advocate for change and prevent injustice. This conference can help you learn and grow as a leader. Learn more:
https://21Wilberforce.org/sfevent

03/17/2021

On the Occasion of St. Patrick’s Day
PRESS STATEMENT

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE
MARCH 17, 2021

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I send warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Ireland as you celebrate your national day, St. Patrick’s Day.

Today, millions of Americans will celebrate Ireland and the many ways Irish influence has shaped our own nation. Through a challenging year, the Irish-American partnership has continued to flourish. Now, more than ever, the strength of our relationship will be even more critical as we seek to reopen, rebuild, and reinvest in our joint future. As Ireland takes a seat on the United Nations Security Council this year, we look forward to deepening our partnership as we work together as global advocates for peace, understanding, and accountability.

I wish you all a safe and joyous St. Patrick’s Day, and a promising year ahead.

Think differently about yourself and the world around you and serve others compassionately. Join us online or in person ...
03/15/2021

Think differently about yourself and the world around you and serve others compassionately. Join us online or in person for this practical, interactive training. https://21Wilberforce.org/sfevent

Think differently about yourself and the world around you and serve others compassionately. Join us online or in person for this practical, interactive training. https://21Wilberforce.org/sfevent

Sharpen your leadership abilities. Hear ideas and experiences from leadership experts. Sessions will encourage and motiv...
03/11/2021

Sharpen your leadership abilities. Hear ideas and experiences from leadership experts. Sessions will encourage and motivate you. Join us!
https://21Wilberforce.org/sfevent

Sharpen your leadership abilities. Hear ideas and experiences from leadership experts. Sessions will encourage and motivate you. Join us!
https://21Wilberforce.org/sfevent

Film Competition Explores How Women’s Rights and Freedom of Belief are InseparableIn honor of International Women’s Day,...
03/07/2021

Film Competition Explores How Women’s Rights
and Freedom of Belief are Inseparable

In honor of International Women’s Day, Empower Women Media and the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation announce their 4th annual International Film Competition. The goal of the competition is to challenge filmmakers around the world to produce short films that explore how freedom of belief in the workplace and community empowers women and leads to innovation and thriving communities.

“Freedom of religion or belief gives a woman the right to choose for herself what she believes in and how she wants to live her life according to those beliefs,” explains Mariya Dostzadah Goodbrake, last year’s Grand Prize winner.

The competition offers $5,000 in prize money, and the winning 3-minute films will screen before world-class CEOs, UN partners and NGO leaders at the Global Business & Peace Symposium in Tokyo. (http://empowerwomen.media/film-competition/)

The submission deadline for the film competition is June 1, 2021.

Film Competition Explores How Women’s Rights
and Freedom of Belief are Inseparable

In honor of International Women’s Day, Empower Women Media and the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation announce their 4th annual International Film Competition. The goal of the competition is to challenge filmmakers around the world to produce short films that explore how freedom of belief in the workplace and community empowers women and leads to innovation and thriving communities.

“Freedom of religion or belief gives a woman the right to choose for herself what she believes in and how she wants to live her life according to those beliefs,” explains Mariya Dostzadah Goodbrake, last year’s Grand Prize winner.

The competition offers $5,000 in prize money, and the winning 3-minute films will screen before world-class CEOs, UN partners and NGO leaders at the Global Business & Peace Symposium in Tokyo. (http://empowerwomen.media/film-competition/)

The submission deadline for the film competition is June 1, 2021.

"To do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8. This conference will help you dive deeper a...
03/01/2021

"To do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8. This conference will help you dive deeper and enhance your understanding of key leadership concepts.

Learn more/ register : https://21Wilberforce.org/sfevent

"To do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8. This conference will help you dive deeper and enhance your understanding of key leadership concepts.

Learn more/ register : https://21Wilberforce.org/sfevent

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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

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May The Lord Bless This Organization and its endeavors. Rev.Vonnie James Acting Chair-Conference of Churches in Grenada President-Grenada Baptist Association
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