Our Mission & Vision
21Wilberforce is a human rights organization dedicated to defending people of faith internationally. Our vision is to empower people of faith to collaboratively support persecuted communities, challenge religious repression, and expand religious freedom globally. We are recognized for influencing tangible results on international religious freedom policy reforms and prisoner release, having worked in collaboration with (former) Congressman Frank Wolf, a noted international religious freedom movement co-founder and leader.
As global religious freedom advocates, 21Wilberforce equips persecuted groups and their leaders through:
- Policy reform and prisoner release initiatives
- Network mobilization — connecting grassroots to high-level advocacy
- Leadership and advocacy training
- Campaign organizing
- Coalition building
- Cutting-edge communications solutions
- Web-based resources and social media outreach
We provide practical assistance to groups suffering for their beliefs in hostile context globally with our SPEAK FREEDOM CENTER, an innovative online platform designed to:
- Challenge unjust laws and social hostilities, including through anti-genocide campaigns
- Advance religious prisoner releases
- Empower networks through web-based and social media tools
- Promote East-West peer-to-peer collaboration, including service projects, among faith-based networks
- Engage faith-based networks for “fast advocacy” for prisoner and reform campaigns, financial support, and other practical help
In the 19th century, British Parliamentarian William Wilberforce identified the slave trade as the single greatest violation of human rights. Responding to this seemingly impossible challenge, he led a successful abolition movement using a “top-down — bottom-up” strategy featuring: collaborative partnerships, grassroots empowerment, and policy campaigns.
21Wilberforce is employing this powerful model to mobilize faith-based networks through collaborative technologies to aid embattled believers and advance religious freedom globally. Today, over 80% of the world’s people live in places where there is some form of restriction, discrimination, or ongoing persecution because of their beliefs. Defending freedom of belief is a leading challenge of our time.