Gender, Equality and the Scriptures

Gender, Equality and the Scriptures

A conversation about the risks of Biblical teaching on Gender causing violence

The following Biblical reflection, based on a premise of equality, was understood by some during the Micah Network strategic conversation on gender to be a sermon supporting gender-based violence in Christian households.

The notes following the presentation (below) identify some of the practical and communication issues which need to be negotiated when approaching the subject of „Gender, equality and the scriptures‟

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Gender Based Sexual Violence: Churches Response in Eastern DRC

Gender Based Sexual Violence: Churches Response in Eastern DRC

By Baliesima Kadukima Albert, Coordinator of the Health and HIV Program, Anglican Church of Congo
September 2012

Sexual violence has become a characteristic of a number of societies in this world mainly in countries with conflicts. Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been ravaged by war and violence since the mid-1990s. Dozens of illegal armed groups and army units have been responsible for endless human rights abuses and widespread insecurity. Civilians carry the greatest burden of the conflict. Innocent people get attacked, abused, and killed by all sides. Women and girls are especially vulnerable to such attacks. In some countries, this ignoble practice is not linked to war. However in DRC, though not all cases of sexual violence are perpetrated by armed people, the majority of them (70% and above) are committed by armed combatants involved in successive and repeated wars that have been prevailing in eastern DR Congo.

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Gender Inequality in the Church

Gender Inequality in the Church

Gender Based Violence in the Church and measures to mitigate it

By Florence Ringe

Gender Based Violence takes place in almost all families, homes, Organizations, institutions, including churches and close relations, irrespective of their culture and religion. This justifies the fact that Gender Based Violence against women exists even in Christian families , but in most cases they go un noticed or un punished because of many reasons such as, fear of victimization, attitudes such as the faith, Christian beliefs and values, unfair judgment on women’s case, shame, guilt, lack of support from family members and the society.

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