The Red Chair Project
The Red Chair Project is a campaign that runs each year during the UN’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. It involves reserving an empty chair in a public place, alongside information about domestic abuse and violence against women. The empty chair acts as a powerful symbol of the many women who’ve been killed through gender-based violence – women who should still be with us today.
How can I join in?
You could designate a chair in your church, at a local cafe, or even a public space like a park bench (remember to ask permission first if needed!). Using red fabric to cover the chair is really powerful, but if you can’t get hold of any, printing a sign and making sure the chair is left empty will still have impact. We’ve created a resources pack that contains everything you need to get involved.
Go a step further
This might be the first time your church or friends have thought about domestic abuse and violence against women. You could organise a short segment at in a church service during the 16 Days of Activism to talk and pray about domestic abuse. You could even devote a whole service to the issue, with a Red Chair, prayers, information, and a talk on healthy relationships using the preaching notes that are included in the Red Chair Pack, which you can download by clicking the button below.
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