"As the Ecumenical Women at the United Nations coalition, we invite you to join us in this global campaign and in making the Thursdays In Black pledge," says Rev. Bossiere.
In a video released on YouTube, Rev. Bossiere says, "Join us and the global community to stand with victims and survivors calling for and working towards a world without rape and all forms of gender-based violence."
Supporters are asked to share video testimonies like these:
- Join me in making the Thursdays in Black pledge to work towards a world without rape and violence. #ThursdaysinBlack
- Join us in supporting the Thursdays in Black campaign by making the pledge. #ThursdaysinBlack
- Let us work towards a world without sexual and gender-based violence. Make the #ThursdaysinBlack pledge today.
- Sexual and gender-based violence has risen due to the COVID-19. Join me in working to end rape and violence. #ThursdaysinBlack
Supporters can write their own texts, but should use the hashtag #ThursdaysinBlack somewhere in their post.
Assembly President Dr Deidre Palmer has welcomed the new campaign.
"The Uniting Church is a passionate advocate of Thursdays in Black," said Dr Palmer.
"We stand in solidarity with women who have experienced rape and violence."
"Violence against women is contrary to the will of God, and we pledge to be part of shaping attitudes and practices that promote gender equality and Jesus’ message of liberation, non-violence, justice and inclusion.
"The Uniting Church is committed to living and shaping relationships of equality, mutuality, respect and dignity for all people.
"We are committed to shaping communities , where women are free from violence, live in safety, and are able to flourish and grow into their fullest humanity."
Rev. Charissa Suli and Dr Deidre Palmer support #ThursdaysinBlack