Every Thursday ...

... people around the world wear black as a symbol of strength and courage, representing solidarity with victims and survivors of violence, and calling for a world without rape and violence.

Wearing black on Thursdays ...

... highlights the unacceptably high levels of abuse against women in our society." The response has been positive and many people, both women and men, have committed themselves to wearing black on Thursdays. This is an outward sign of mourning and of standing in solidarity with women who have died at the hands of their partners and signifies a desire to make a difference in our world.

Wearing black on Thursdays ...

... shows others that you are tired of putting up with violence, and calls for communities where we can all walk safely without fear; fear of being beaten up, fear of being verbally abused, fear of being raped, fear of discrimination. The campaign is not confined only to countries at war, but recognizes that violence takes many forms – including domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, incest, murder, female infanticide, genital mutilation, sexual harassment, discrimination and sex trafficking.

Thursdays in Black ...

... focuses on ways that individuals can challenge attitudes that cause rape and violence, on a personal and public level. It provides an opportunity for people to become part of a worldwide movement which enables the despair, pain and anger about rape and other forms of violence to be transformed into political action.

... encourages everyone, men and women, to wear black every Thursday. This can be a campaign T-shirt, other black clothing or simply a campaign badge as a sign of their support

... has become a spiritual discipline rather than just another campaign.

... is supported by individuals, churches, denominations and organizations worldwide.

... is visual: Lyn van Rooyen on "Thursdays In Black"
                 Fulata Moyo on "Thursdays In Black"
                 Olga Kangaj Tshiwewe on "Thursdays In Black"
                 Thursdays in Black by YWCA Victoria
                 Thursdays in Black by Noelle Ballantine


Read more about TIB

Women from the YWCA take part in the Thursdays in Black campaign on violence against women.
© World YWCA


University of Zimbabwe Health Education and Health Promotion second year students, promoting the TIB cause.
© Ezra Chitando, Zimbabwe



• Wear Black on Thursdays and say NO to abuse of women, men and children.
• Commit to this campaign and sign the pledge
• Wear the Thursdays in Black badge and encourage others to support the campaign. Badges can be ordered from CABSA’s offices or the Thursdays in Black website.
• Pray for the victims and the survivors of violence against girls and women.