31 August 2022, Karlsruhe, Germany: Vlado Bulic photographs a tapestry supporting the “Thursdays in Black” campaign against gender-based violence that hangs at the World Council of Churches' 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany. The tapestry is designed as a waterfall with messages and images from around the world. The assembly takes place August 31 to September 8 under the theme "Christ's Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity."


Do not break a woman's wings of flight…

I sewed wounds lived by my sister who was massacred by her partner…

Violence against women, rape and injustice, is nothing else but evil and darkness, and we ask Christ to bring light to those that suffer and to drive out the darkness.

Stop the violence because you are not only scarring us physically but emotionally also.

We will listen to you. We will respect you and we will believe you.

Not for one, but for all, we hope for justice!

The Waterfall Tapestry of Solidarity and Resistance has now been assembled and is on display at the WCC’s 11th Assembly, in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Each of the panels woven into the tapestry represents a lived experience and a message of commitment to speak and act for a world without rape and violence.

The Waterfall is a tangible symbol of the Thursdays in Black campaign, in which individuals, churches, groups, and organizations show that they are a part of a global movement to eliminate gender-based violence.

The campaign is simple yet profound. Wear black on Thursdays.  Wear a pin to declare you are part of the global movement working towards a world without rape and violence. Show respect for resilient women in the face of injustice and violence.

As one woman shared when she sent in her panel, “Thursdays in Black is a campaign that unites solidarity in this field of vulnerability. It gives not only victims like me but all people a platform of solidarity in the fight against rape and gender-based violence - not only for exchanging experiences, which is the focus in many other places, but in a multi-layered, intelligent and cautious activist way. At the same time, one feels - especially as a victim - a hopeful orientation, which goes hand in hand with joint, solidarity-based actions and statements."

The Tapestry will continue to grow. More panels, more stories are coming to this Assembly. If you have a panel to add, please contact Sara Speicher, [email protected].

The Waterfall Tapestry is displayed in the main plenary hall of the Assembly (Gartenhalle).

The power of the Waterfall Tapestry is not only in each panel, but in the story of it creation.

#ThursdaysinBlack Waterfall of Solidarity and Resistance Video

Carrying women‘s stories of survival and hope, Waterfall of Solidarity and Resistance makes its way to WCC 11th Assembly

Tapestry artist Janine Marja Schneider sews regret, hope, and love into “Waterfall of Solidarity and Resistance”

Thursdays in Black

WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany