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, challenge religious repression, and expand religious freedom globally.
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)
A Schism for the Modern Era: Russian Orthodox Church and Orthodox Church of UkraineJanuary 8, 2019
Readers of history will recall the Great Schism of 1054 as the moment when the western Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church parted ways, a separation that punctuated the end of the Roman Empire. That split, with its religious and political undertones, rocked Christendom in the 11th century and remains a visible wound even today, never fully healed though softened ...
Enduring Hope for NigeriaJanuary 8, 2019
The situation in Nigeria is complex. Religion is central to how Nigerians understand themselves. Thus, the protection of freedom of belief and religious rights — through the rule of law and inclusive governance — is critical to long-term stability in Nigeria. Nigeria is dealing with corruption, impunity and religious persecution. Two of the world's top five deadliest terrorist groups — ...
Faith Strengthened by PersecutionDecember 4, 2018
In the early morning hours of Christmas 2010, Iranian government forces arrested scores of Christian home-church leaders in surprise raids around the country. Among those arrested was a newly married couple, Yousef and Rozhin*. Incarcerated in separate locations, Yousef and Rozhin were repeatedly told by their captors that the other had denounced their faith. In fact, both remained steadfast in ...