International Declaration by Religious and Spiritual Leaders and Advocates to End Sexual Violence

International Declaration by Religious and Spiritual Leaders and Advocates to End Sexual Violence

We proclaim with one voice as spiritual and religious leaders and advocates 
that violence exists in all communities, including our own, and 
morally, spiritually and universally intolerable.

We understand that sexual violence is rooted in inequality and the vulnerability of powerlessness.

We acknowledge that our sacred texts, traditions and values have too often been 
misused to perpetuate and condone abuse.

We commit ourselves to working toward the day when all people
will be safe and abuse will be no more.

We draw upon our healing texts and practices to help 
make our families and societies whole.

Our religious and spiritual traditions compel us to work for justice and the eradication of 
violence against all people, especially the most vulnerable.

We call upon people of all religious and spiritual traditions to join us.

The 2018 Parliament Women’s Task Force in partnership with the FaithTrust Institute invite you to endorse this declaration to end sexual violence. Add your voice to our religious and spiritual world community! 

Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions acknowledges it is situated on the traditional homelands of the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Hoocąk (Winnebago/Ho’Chunk), Jiwere (Otoe), Nutachi (Missouria), and Baxoje (Iowas); Kiash Matchitiwuk (Menominee); Meshkwahkîha (Meskwaki); Asâkîwaki (Sauk); Myaamiaki (Miami), Waayaahtanwaki (Wea), and Peeyankihšiaki (Piankashaw); Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo); Inoka (Illini Confederacy); Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), and Odawak (Odawa).

PoWR recognizes the region we now call Chicago remains home to a diversity of Indigenous peoples today and this land upon which we walk, live, and play continues to be Indigenous land.

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