21wilberforce in Action
21Wilberforce launches Freedom Center for IRF AdvocacyOctober 19, 2019
21Wilberforce unveiled The Freedom Center, an online advocacy hub, with tools and information that can be used to learn and engage in the defense and advancement of global freedom of religion or belief. Anyone ( passionate individuals, grassroots activists, faith groups, NGOs and networks) who wants to become more active in raising awareness and strengthening the voices of those persecuted ...
VP Pence meets Randel Everett and religious freedom advocates to discuss China’s abusesOctober 18, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence met with an interfaith coalition of religious freedom advocates recently that included 21Wilberforce President, Randel Everett, to discuss what the United States can do to hold China to account as it continues to persecute and abuse religious believers of all stripes. At the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., Pence and other administration officials met ...
Frank Wolf Freedom Award presented to Archbishop Benjamin & Dr. Gloria KwashiOctober 18, 2019
21Wilberforce recently presented the second annual Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom award to Archbishop Benjamin and Dr. Gloria Kwashi of Jos, Nigeria. Named for Congressman Frank Wolf who has worked tirelessly for decades to promote international religious freedom and later served on staff with 21Wilberforce, the award was presented at a dinner held at Dallas Baptist University. Founder and President ...
Like our namesake, 21Wilberforce leverages the strength of collaborative partnerships, grassroots empowerment, and policy campaigns. Our vision is to empower people of faith to collaboratively support persecuted communities of all faiths, challenge religious repression, and globally expand freedom of religion, belief, and conscience.
21st century — more than 80% of people living today face some form of restriction, discrimination or ongoing persecution because of their beliefs. 21Wilberforce stands committed to advance religious freedom as a universal right through its innovative Freedom Center.
The Freedom Center provides tailored tools to mobilize and train groups and individuals to defend persecuted communities and religious prisoners. The online platform promotes three objectives:
Learn (awareness and understanding)
Prepare (practical instruction)
Act (tools for engagement and action)
Global Prayer Vigil for Boko Haram Prisoner Leah SharibuOctober 22, 2019
In February of 2018, Boko Haram insurgents abducted 110 students from a girls’ boarding school in Dapchi, Yobe state, Nigeria. Five students were killed while being held captive and four weeks after the abduction, 104 of the girls were released. One student, 14-year old Leah Sharibu, did not return and is still held captive because of her refusal to renounce ...
Future Ready: Global Human Rights Movement Centered on Religious FreedomAugust 9, 2019
80 percent of people in the world live in a religiously restricted environment. Future ready is about asking the right questions. Relative to international religious freedom, the United States is leading and partners are answering the call. Last month Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosted the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. (Ministerial derives from the Latin ...
Courage Comes With a PriceOctober 1, 2019
Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi and his wife, Gloria, live in Jos, Plateau State, in northern Nigeria which has had numerous outbreaks of religious violence. For several years, Boko Haram, one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world, has spawned unrest, displacement, and death in northern Nigeria, particularly against Christians. The Archbishop has been outspoken and openly critical of the press ...