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'The Handmade Petition: I See You' to be exhibited in the Chapter House, Westminster Abbey

Open Doors is delighted to announce that an installation of the handmade petition will be held in the Chapter House at Westminster Abbey this November. The installation highlights the double vulnerability of women who are persecuted for both their faith and their gender.

Westminster Abbey

Approximately 16,000 Open Doors supporters have written, painted, drawn or embroidered their names onto squares of fabric in this unique petition, along with over 250 Christian women from across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America who have been persecuted for both their faith and gender.

Many of the squares of fabric will be sewn together into a series of two-metre banners that will hang in Westminster Abbey’s Chapter House from 17-24 November 2019. In addition, the installation will feature Tears of Gold portraits and self-portraits of Nigerian women who have experienced persecution.

The opening times of the exhibition are:

  • 17th November (Sunday) 12:30 - 14:00
  • 18th November (Monday) 10:00 - 16:00
  • 19th November (Tuesday) 10:00 - 16:00
  • 20th November (Wednesday) 13:00 - 16:00
  • 21th November (Thursday) 10:00 - 16:00
  • 22th November (Friday) 10:00 - 16:00
  • 23th November (Saturday) 10:00 - 13:30
  • 24th November (Sunday) 12:30 - 14:00

The Chapter House can be accessed free of charge via the Cloister entrance of Westminster Abbey.

In many countries, the persecution of faith and sexual violence in conflict are inextricably linked and Open Doors believes that this needs to be recognised in official policy, alongside other vulnerabilities such as age and disability. The exhibition will demonstrate to the UK government and parliamentarians, and the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative, the vital need for policy change. 

Together we can make what is invisible, visible.

The deadline for returning completed petitions has now passed, but we'd love you to visit the installation of the handmade petition in the Chapter House, Westminster Abbey from 17-24 November 2019. You can also see the amazing growth of the handmade petition so far and keep up to date on its progress by signing up to advocacy emails.

Millions of Christians are persecuted around the world. Subscribe to our regular emails to read stories of those who are defying dictators, breaking rules, and risking their lives to follow Jesus. Find out how you can be part of the story by praying, giving and speaking out.


Imagine thousands of individual petitions - each one a unique, handmade, committed prayer to see change for persecuted women through policy and action – sewn together to create something both beautiful and spectacular.

The handmade petition is visible, meaningful and memorable. It shows MPs and influencers your genuine concern for the suffering of your sisters, powerfully encouraging those in power to engage and act.

The Petition Process

Thank You

Thank you for speaking up for your sisters. Your support is restoring hope and dignity to persecuted women worldwide.

Download a beautiful painting as a ‘thank you’ from us!

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