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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First Man Standing – Men and Sexual Violence

First Man Standing - Men and Sexual Violence

By Peter Grant
18 July 2014

Peter Grant is the co-director of Restored, an international Christian alliance working with churches to transform relationships and end violence against women. Peter founded “First Man Standing,” Restored’s men’s campaign. 

Worldwide, one woman out of every three will suffer male violence during her lifetime. I do not minimize the issue of violence against men, but I believe that there are specific issues that need to be addressed, including in the church, about the systematic abuse of women. Violence against women takes place from cradle to grave: sex-selective abortion through female infanticide, female genital cutting, forced marriage, domestic abuse and sexual violence, and the abuse of widows. It is right that women should be at the forefront of addressing this epidemic. But I also found myself asking, Where are the men (and where is the church) when it comes to preventing abuse against women?

 

 

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Faith Leaders’ Declaration on Domestic Abuse

Faith Leaders’ Declaration on Domestic Abuse

As faith leaders in the United Kingdom we are speaking out, alongside leaders of our own and other faiths, against all forms of domestic abuse. We commit ourselves to addressing domestic abuse both within our own faith communities and in wider society. We look to be a force for good in promoting positive and effective action at both the local and national level. We will appoint advisers to encourage the use of good practice guidelines to address domestic abuse within our communities and to monitor the implementation of these guidelines.

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