PROTECTING FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE

The mission of Bellwether International is to ensure freedom of religion or belief by securing to individuals the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.

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EDUCATION

Education occurs in the home with families and neighbors, and whoever you claim as family and neighbors. Our education programs aim to build society from the family locus, outwards and upwards.

GENDER EQUALITY

Religious and belief systems have incredible potential to close the gender gap and provide equal opportunity, advocacy against gender-based violence, and inclusivity.

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AID TO DISPLACED PERSONS

·       26.0 million refugees in the world—the highest ever seen;
·       45.7 million internally displaced people; and
·       4.2 million asylum-seekers
·       Total: 79.5 million
(Source: https://www.unrefugees.org/refugee-facts/statistics/)

ADVOCACY

Advocacy happens in communities through religious leaders and local governments. We seek to support local leaders and raise the international importance of freedom of religion or belief as a fundamental human right.

 
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AT A GLANCE

Protecting fundamental human rights and what makes us uniquely human

Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states, "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance." It is critical that we understand freedom of religion or belief in this context; that is to say that freedom of religion protects the typical church or institutions associated with the main religious bodies of our world. Freedom of belief protects the belief systems of our world that are not inherently religious such as atheism and agnosticism. Together, freedom of religion or belief, protect freedom of conscience, the right to act on the truths that we hold dear, the right to live in a world of unity and tolerance, the right to be human. 

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