Who We Are
Vision & Mission
21Wilberforce is a human rights organization dedicated to defending people of faith internationally. Our vision is to empower people of faith to collaboratively support persecuted communities, challenge religious repression, and expand religious freedom globally.
We got our name from 19th century, British parliamentarian William Wilberforce who identified the slave trade as the single greatest violation of human rights. Responding to this seemingly impossible challenge, he led a successful abolition movement using a “top-down, bottom-up” strategy featuring collaborative partnerships, grassroots empowerment, and policy campaigns.
Wilberforce for the 21st Century. 21Wilberforce is employing this powerful model to mobilize faith-based networks through collaborative technologies to aid embattled believers and advance religious freedom globally.
Reflections on the history of 21Wilberforce from President and Founder Randel Everett:
Throughout the past 25 years I have traveled to more than 40 countries where I learned firsthand about the challenges people of faith were facing because of oppression and persecution. During a recent trip to Turkey, a pastor from Syria asked me a haunting question: “They are burning our churches, killing our men, and raping our women but the church in the West does not care.