Theological focus on re-thinking masculinities, Nicaragua

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As part of its European Union Gender and Masculinities project in Nicaragua, Christian Aid has been working with its partner the Centro Intereclesial de Estudios Teologicos y Sociales (CIEETS), in collaboration with the country’s Evangelical University, to design and implement a course currently being shared with 30 religious leaders who represent a variety of church denominations in Nicaragua.

The course, ‘Re-thinking Masculinities from a Gender Perspective: A Biblical-Theological Focus’, builds from the premise that churches have a role to play in constructing socio-cultural, symbolic and religious norms in society through word and imagery.

The issues of knowledge, power and sexuality have a gender dimension where the issue of masculinity requires serious reflection and dialogue that contributes to the deconstrcution of hegemonic social representations legitimately affirmed by theological teachings.

Working with local religious leaders, whose ‘word’ is respected, and maintaining close community ties, provides Christian Aid with a unique opportunity to contribute to the reduction of gender-based violence in all of its forms.  Participants, once sensitized and trained on issues of masculinity, can position themselves in favour of gender equality, rejecting gender-based violence and supporting new models of masculinity from a liberating biblical perspective.

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Posted by: Terrie Robinson | Friday, May 6th, 2016
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