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  • Side by Side is a growing global movement of people of faith who want to see gender justice become a reality across the world.


    We draw together faith communities in many different countries, and in each country we work together wherever possible to meet local challenges in bringing about justice and equality for all people, irrespective of gender. We are a movement of faith leaders and communities, faith-based organisations and individuals of faith who are committed to removing barriers to gender justice.

    We are united by a belief that each person has intrinsic value and dignity; every person has equal rights in the distribution of power, knowledge, and resources. All must be free from cultural and interpersonal systems of privilege and oppression, from violence and repression based on gender, so that gender is seen as gift rather than danger, a source of life and hope rather than oppression or fear. Side by Side has global reach and seeks to strengthen the movement for gender justice in regional and national coalitions.

    We acknowledge that gender injustice can be perpetuated by social and cultural norms, and sometimes these are endorsed by religious teachings. In order to change these norms, people of faith, and especially religious leaders, have a responsibility to revisit our sacred texts and promote values of faith and human rights that uphold justice and equality for all.


    Our goal is to see a world in which:

    • gender inequality is no longer considered acceptable under any social, political, economic, religious and cultural circumstances
    • women and men, boys and girls understand and promote gender justice and do not engage in behaviour or practices which condone, promote or model gender inequality
    • social, political and economic development outcomes are gender equitable e.g. SDG outcomes
    • power relations between men and women are gender equitable and all people, regardless of gender, exercise agency and autonomy over their own bodies and lives
    • gender based violence is eliminated and no longer tolerated under any circumstance.


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