Our aims and objectives
We recognise that gender justice cannot be achieved by individual efforts alone. It is essential to build a movement of people, from all traditions of faith, that helps establish the social conditions in which women and girls can thrive alongside men and boys.
Our aims is :
- To shift values, beliefs, attitudes, behaviours and practices (among individuals, and within communities and institutions) to recognise gender inequality as unacceptable and contrary to religious teaching and practice.
- To help ensure that community level faith responses to gender injustice are more effective and sustainable.
- To help ensure that legal systems (including religious and customary laws) recognise, prevent and adequately respond to gender injustice.
- To help ensure that gender justice is an explicit aim both of religious institutions and governments – with effective policies, programmes and resources in place to achieve it.
- To work to ensure that faith actors are no longer seen as a barrier to gender justice, but are recognised and supported to play a distinctive role in securing gender justice and the rights of both women and men, boys and girls.
In order to achieve this:
- We will work with faith leaders to challenge and change all religious teaching that effectively (even if unintentionally) oppresses women and girls.
- We will challenge and help change harmful social, religious and cultural norms.
- We will work alongside women’s groups and fully involve men and boys in redefining just and equal gender relationships.
- We welcome and invite the participation of all people into this movement.
We will work together to achieve a world in which
1. No-one is excluded on the grounds of gender
2. Violence against women and girls has been eradicated
3. Women and girls will have access to equal opportunities, including:
- Health care, including maternal health
- Land Rights
- Employment with fair wages
- Leadership roles
- Access to markets
Interventions and activities
In support of these objectives we will work globally, implementing a structured series of interventions including:
1. developing a more focussed and coordinated multi-faith response across and within sectors, faiths and geographically, for example, through helping to establish national and regional faith coalitions for gender justice, establishing safe spaces for inter-faith dialogue and promoting a global faith response to the SDG gender targets
2. building among faith actors greater awareness, commitment and capacity to challenge and change damaging social norms, for example, through incorporating gender transformative theologies into the curricula of theological colleges, disseminating faith-based methodologies for advancing gender justice in communities and faith-run schools such as ‘SASA! Faith’, ‘Gender Model Families’, and ’Channels of Hope for Gender’.
3. assisting faith leaders to systematically implement adequate and practical community-based response mechanisms to address social, political and economic gender inequality issues in their communities for example through helping national coalitions for gender justice to develop and implement action plans for advancing gender justice and promoting the use of faith-based methodologies within gender projects
4. supporting female faith leaders and women of faith to become champions for gender justice through establishing safe spaces for women of faith to come together and plan joint action on gender justice
5. supporting faith leaders and FBOs to engage collectively with government, regional and international policy fora and the media to seek laws, policies and services that recognise, prevent and respond to gender inequality, for example, through assisting the development of national advocacy agendas and campaigns in support of the SDGs
6. building an evidence base for the efficacy of faith institutions in addressing gender social, political and economic gender justice issues and convene joint faith-secular spaces to advance gender justice.