The World Council of Churches (WCC) and Religions for Peace are speaking out against gender-based violence and committing to widen religious participation in the Thursdays in Black campaign.
Karam, speaking out in an interview as a Thursdays in Black Ambassador, stated, “I am committed in my capacity as a servant to Religions for Peace International to ensure that it is not only Christian communities around the world—as powerful as they are—but that we actively, actively seek women of all faiths, men of all faiths to stand together in solidarity against this issue. There is no space for gender-based violence ever to be acceptable or accepted, or indeed for it be condoned through our silences. The more faith communities remain silent, the more we are culpable.”
In a video greeting, WCC moderator Dr Agnes Abuom said she wholeheartedly welcomes Religions for Peace to the Thursdays in Black campaign. “As people of all faiths, we share a commitment to justice, dignity and compassion,” said Abuom. “Violence continues unabated. It is therefore imperative that we stand together, visible and united, in calling for an end to sexual and gender-based violence.”