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.
Defending freedom of belief remains a leading challenge of the 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 Speak Freedom Center.
The Speak 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)
Iran’s Government Drives Abuse of Religious FreedomJune 18, 2019
Two weeks ago agents went to the home of Iranian Mehdi Hajati, a Shiraz City Councilman, and took him to prison for advocating religious tolerance. Another Councilman, Mehdi Moghaddari, was suspended from his seat for six months for defending Councilman Hajati on social media. Ninety-four percent of Iran’s 82 million citizens are Twelver Shi’a Muslim and four percent are Sunni Muslim. ...
A Voice for Iraq’s PersecutedFebruary 27, 2019
Iraqi Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities living in the path of ISIS have suffered incredible persecution and hardship. From the start, 21Wilberforce has come alongside these beleaguered communities to listen, support, and amplify the voices of the oppressed. In early 2015, shortly after ISIS troops overran the Sinjar region, 21Wilberforce traveled to Iraq where staff interviewed close to 75 ...
The Fifth Anniversary of Chibok Abduction and the Staying Power of Boko HaramApril 12, 2019
Sunday, April 14, marks the day five years ago that Boko Haram kidnapped 276 Chibok schoolgirls in Borno State, Nigeria. Fifty-seven girls escaped in the first 24 hours, and in the last five years, 164 girls have been found, escaped, or were released after negotiations. Sadly, the terrorists still hold 112 Chibok girls, including Dorcas. At 15 years old that ...