Linehan was not the only panelist that talked about the need for follow-up. Deepan mirrored similar thoughts, expressing the importance of “refresher trainings” for faith leaders to discuss reflections and share challenges faced with these interventions.
IMA maintains relationships with all three organizations on the panel. In addition to Lawry, who has worked on Ushindi program research, President and CEO Rick Santos is a JLIFLC board member and both organizations continue to work closely together. Most notably, Tearfund, a faith-based organization based in the U.K., is the founder of the We Will Speak Out global coalition, for which IMA is the secretariat and host of the local U.S. chapter. The interfaith coalition focuses on uniting faith communities in the fight to end SGBV.
With such an important discussion taking place less than a week before the launch of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, it further emphasizes the importance of including and engaging faith leaders in SGBV work. That’s why the We Will Speak Out U.S. coalition celebrates its annual Speak Out Sabbath campaign, which will take place Oct. 13-15 this year. The campaign asks faith leaders and communities to break the silence and take action, and you can use your voice by signing onto a letter asking your faith leader to speak out and support survivors in your community.
You can join the movement today and follow the discussion online using #SpeakOutSabbath or #FaithsAgainstSGBV.