Dr Sarojini Nadar (pic courtesy WCC)  

Challenging gender inequity in pursuit of women’s health

  3 November -   
Dr Sarojini Nadar is a theologian and academic from South Africa working on the issues of gender, religion and health for many years. She is currently serving as senior lecturer and director of the Gender and Religion programme, School of Religion and Theology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Nadar has been deeply involved with churches to raise awareness about women’s health in communities, challenging patriarchal values and working for gender justice.
(pic courtesy Diakonia)  

Towards a world without gender justice

  6 April -   
Nearly 50 delegates gathered at the Koinonia Conference Centre from 3 to 5 November for a three-day residential conference on Gender Justice, whose aim was to encourage member churches to actively participate in the16 Days of Activism Against Violence on Women Campaign.
 

Pupils march to say 'no' to teenage sex

  16 March -   
Hundreds of pupils from more than 10 schools in Mthatha marched through the streets of the town on Saturday morning in support of abstaining from sex.

(pic courtesy Sowetan)  

Women the rock of Africa

  10 March -   
On International Women's Day many events are held in centres across the world to celebrate the achievements of women through the ages. This is a day to inspire women, especially those who are still advocating for development, equality and justice for women and girls, particularly here on our beloved African continent.
Fifi Pombo Madikela (pic courtesy MCC)  

MCC supports Congolese women calling for an end to the violence against women


  4 December -   
In solidarity with thousands of women who have been sexually assaulted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, five Mennonite Congolese women joined an international rally of women calling for peace, demilitarization and the end of violence against women.
 

Churches promote new images of masculinity in effort to stop violence against women

  24 November -   
Christians involved in church-based gender justice movements say that men must develop a sense of positive masculinity in order to counter increasing levels of violence by men against women. Citing reports by the United Nations and human rights groups that the extent and type of violent attacks on women is escalating, representatives of global church organizations say initiatives aimed at changing male patterns of behaviour are urgently needed.
Rev. Dr Nyambura Njoroge (pic courtesy WCC)  

AIDS: "Do we have the courage to step out and take the lead?"

  29 July -   
The experience of African women theologians has been a crucial element in helping faith communities respond to the challenge of HIV and AIDS in Africa, says the coordinator of an ecumenical network on the pandemic on the continent.
Joan van Niekerk of Childline South Africa (pic. Diakonia)  

Religious Leaders Discuss Child Pornography and Trafficking

  29 March -   
On 17 March religious leaders and members from various denominations and faith communities gathered in the Denis Hurley Hall for a breakfast briefing intended to equip them with knowledge on child pornography and trafficking and how to prevent these.
Hearing on Violence against Women. (Photo: Chris Black/WCC)  

Gender-based violence threatens integrity of live and faith

  8 March -   
On International Women's Day, 8 March, ecumenical leaders have urged churches to work to end violence against women in its many forms across the world. "Violence and fear of violence blights the lives of many girls and women around the world," said the Rev. Michael Wallace, the general secretary of the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF). "If churches believe that every person is made in the image of God then they must speak out about violence against women.
 

Multimedia study series on gender violence launched for Lent

  4 February -   
Cries of Anguish; Stories of Hope - a series of online Lenten study resources on the struggle to end violence against women will be launched 15 February during a prayer service at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, which is home to a number of international church organizations including the World Council of Churches (WCC). The general secretary of the WCC, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, will participate and WCC programme executive for Women in Church and Society, Dr Fulata Mbano Moyo, will discuss biblical texts addressing violence against women.