Thursday in black has its roots in the 1970s and 1980s Argentinian movement “mothers of the Plaza de Mayo”, referring to mothers who protested against the policy of having dissidents “disappearing” (a term used to describe people killed during political violence). These mothers assembled in the Plazo de Mayo in Buenos Aires every Thursday to register their protest with the authorities.
In 1980s it was then when the World Council of Churches (WCC) formed a Thursday in Black peaceful protest against rape and violence, especially that which takes place during wars and conflicts. The campaign was revived, largely as a social media initiative, by the WCC in 2013. We encourage our member Churches to support the campaign.
Colleen Cunningham LUCSA WICAS (Women In Church And Society) Regional Co-ordinator.