21Wilberforce is a Christian human rights organization based in Washington, D.C. We are dedicated to empowering a global movement to advance religious freedom as a universal right of all people. As religious freedom advocates, we mobilize and equip partner networks of all faiths to advance freedom of belief and to safeguard against persecution in hostile places around the world.
Advocacy – Mobilize scaled networks, including grassroots and faith groups, to advocate for international religious freedoms and protections
· Target countries and individuals in crisis
· Help mobilize large networks, including denominations, here in the U.S. and abroad
· Leverage this Scorecard for congressional support
· Promote fellowship placements including in Congress
· Equip grassroots activists with toolkits and action plans
Technology – The “Internet Firewall” is the Berlin Wall of the 21st Century: tear it down or circumvent
· Promote data-collection platforms to report persecution on the ground — establishing evidence-based standards
· Challenge Internet barriers by providing scaled trainings through the Internet and satellite TV
Equipping – Equip leaders and networks with human rights policy, evidence gathering and strategic partnering
· Conduct leadership and “know your rights” trainings and distribute through Satellite TV and Internet platforms
· Host network conferences for emerging leaders suffering in hostile places
· Connect strategic partnerships including legal networks
· Activate and train students
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Our vision is to create a world where religious freedom is embraced as a universal right. The leadership speaks from a distinctly Christian perspective while working on behalf of all individuals regardless of religion, belief, ethnicity, or location.
In the 19th century, British parliamentarian William Wilberforce identified the slave trade as the single greatest violation of human rights. He led a slave trade abolition movement with great intentionality, and his work coincided with a revival. The Wilberforce model – education to raise religious and political awareness, policy engagement, and collaborative partnerships – provides a powerful roadmap to address both the erosion of religious liberty at home and violations of religious freedom abroad.