The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) joins the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign that starts on Thursday, November 25 with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and goes until the International Human Rights Day on December 10.
About the 16 Days of Activism campaign
The campaign was launched by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at its first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991. For this year 2021 and in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the campaign, the CWGL will focus on AWARENESS, ACTION AND ACCOUNTABILITY with a special emphasis on femicide or the gender-related killing of women (https://16dayscampaign.org).
The World Student Christian Federation as part of the ecumenical coalition for climate justice -a coalition made of delegates and representatives from several different Christian organizations and churches- attended the COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference that took place from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow, UK.
WSCF has been involved in Climate Justice advocacy as part of its Ecological Justice Global Program, being active in different ecumenical meetings and global encounters such as the United Nations Framework Convention Climate Conference (COPs) since 2015. Many activities have been done in the COPs framework, many of them related to the ecumenical delegation and inter-faith coordination in order to make our call for Climate and Social Justice stronger.
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, with appreciation for your efforts and ecclesial service,
It is necessary that we shed light on what has become of the humanitarian situation in Lebanon as a result of the economic crisis. The situation portends of great social unrest, beginning with the increase in migration among young men and women, university students and graduates, and the youth’s loss of hope in the future. We are fast moving towards the possibility of a social explosion. Therefore, and out of concern for the students, especially the Christians among them, we find it crucial to come together in solidarity and make calls to action.
Generations in Dialogue
The World Student Christian Federation participated in the “Conference of the World Council of Religious Leaders on Faith and Diplomacy: Generations in Dialogue”, of Religions for Peace International and Ring for Peace with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office, held in Lindau, Germany, from October 4th to 7th, 2021. This Conference aimed to engage different generations in dialogue on the nexus of Diplomacy and Religions with regards to Environmental concerns, Humanitarianism, and Peace and Security.
Between Youth Influence and Influencing the Youth
The World Student Christian Federation - Middle East Region held “Ayia Napa 35” in Cairo, Egypt, between October 2nd to 7th, 2021. “Ayia Napa” is another name for the region’s annual leadership program, which aims to train youth to become future leaders who will positively reshape their communities in the Middle East and will commit to witnessing their faith in Church and society. The thirty-fifth iteration of “Ayia Napa” was titled “Between Youth Influence and Influencing the Youth,” tackling the mutual influence that youth and the world around them have on each other. In attendance were forty youth from SCMs in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Sudan, and Syria.
The World Student Christian Federation participated in the “Symposium: Communication for Social Justice in the Digital Age”, a 3-day event that took place from September 13 to 15 by zoom meetings, live stream sessions and in-person meetings in Berlin. The event was organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the World Association for Christian Communication and co-organized by the World Student Christian Federation, Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World), Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (Evangelical Church in Germany), and Evangelische Mission Weltweit (EMW, Association of Protestant Churches and Missions in Germany).