In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will host a public presentation and panel discussion on a topic surrounding gender-based violence. There will be a short presentation followed by a Q&A. The panelists for the online event will be announced soon.
The event is part of the Thursdays in Black series. The Thursdays in Black: Resistance and Resilence campaign 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, gender injustice, abuse, violence, and many other tragedies that grow outward from such violence were given visibility. But what also became visible was women’s resilience, agency, and personal efforts to resist such violations. In every country, gender-based violence is a tragic reality. This violence is frequently hidden, and victims are often silent, fearing stigma and further violence. The Thursdays in Black campaign argues that all have a responsibility to speak out against violence, to ensure that women and men, boys and girls, are safe from rape and violence in homes, schools, work, streets — in all places in our societies.