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Side by Side in South Sudan

Monday, June 19th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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A consultation on gender justice facilitated by the Church of Sweden and local partners in Juba on 15 June 2017 led to the planning of a national South Sudanese chapter of the Side by Side faith movement for gender justice. More news on this coming soon.

Gender justice project changes lives in Western Province in Zambia

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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“I didn’t know that in the event that my husband dies, I have the right to go my own way and not be inherited like a piece of furniture.”  Mulima Akapelwa (photo by Bellah Zulu) The Joint Country programme, Norwegian Church Aid – DanChurchAid – Christian Aid, in Zambia and European Union co-funded ‘Access to Justice Project’ has empowered women in Mwandi and Sesheke Districts of Western Province of Zambia with knowledge on their rights and how to claim them....

Ecumenical women’s gathering demands end to gender-based violence in Bangladesh

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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“There cannot be peace in Asia as long as there is violence against women.” News from the Christian Conference of Asia: “Bangladeshi women are subjected to violence throughout their lives, which prevents them from realising their own dignity and rights as human beings. This subjugation in the day-to-day lives of millions of women in poverty stricken Bangladesh affects their abilities to fully benefit from and participate in schooling and employment, thus constraining their lifespan opportunities,” shared the participants of a...

UN Climate talks: The urgency for a gender-responsive approach

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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From the Bonn Climate Change Conference 8 to 18 May: “We are four days into the negotiations in Bonn and the spirit is high. Not only are the chestnuts in the city in full bloom, but constructive discussions on many of the topics under the Paris agreement are underway, including the crucial topic of how to enhance the implementation of gender related mandates and decisions under the Paris agreement and the climate convention. A UNFCC workshop on how to develop a...

Side by Side: Latest news, activities and resources

Friday, May 12th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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Read our May 2017 newsletter HERE.  

Report: Lost Childhood, Drivers of Child Pregnancy in Kenya.

Friday, April 28th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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LOST CHILDHOOD: Drivers of Child Pregnancy in Kenya. This report published by the Kenyan National Gender & Equality Commission follows a public enquiry. It documents the gravity and pervasive trend of child pregnancies, looks at socio-cultural drivers and psychosocial and health factors, interrogates the legal and policy framework on child pregnancy, and makes recommendations.  Among the recommendations are that the Minstry responsible for gender should undertake a comprehensive and coordinated multi sectorial approach in ending child pregnancies and marriages, engaging...

‘I understood the need for women’s leadership – and changed the mind of my bishop!’

Friday, April 21st, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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The Revd Haroon Ajmal, of Sialkot Diocese in the Church of Pakistan, describes how training with the USPG-supported Asian Theological Academy (ATA) last year has transformed his work as a pastor. As a result of my time at ATA I now have new goals having started to understand about issues such as the need for women’s leadership in the church. In Pakistan, we largely ignore women in terms of leadership and fellowship, but ATA gave me a vision that women...

Faith groups can help female survivors of violence

Monday, April 10th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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By Solange De Santis/WACC Religious organizations and faith leaders have key roles to play in helping women who are survivors of violence – including sexual assault committed in conflict situations, according to a panel of social activists at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York. The discussion was hosted on March 18 by We Will Speak Out, a movement of faith groups dedicated to ending silence and stigma concerning sexual and gender-based violence, and Side by...

Dr Denis Mukwege to give keynote speech at LWF Assembly in Namibia

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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Press release from Lutheran World Federation News Eminent Congolese surgeon Dr Denis Mukwege will be the keynote speaker at the Twelfth Assembly of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) held in Windhoek, Namibia, from 10 – 16 May. In his keynote address on Thursday, 11 May he will speak to the assembly theme “Liberated by God’s Grace”. Mukwege is a medical doctor from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who has provided leadership for Africa and the world, standing up for...

Side by Side launch during CSW61

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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The international Side by Side faith movement for gender justice is now ready to welcome more member organisations and strengthen partnerships with other faith movements that work on gender justice as an intrinsic part of their mission. Already two years old, the movement was formally launched at St Peter’s Church in New York City on 17 March to coincide with the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Geronimo Desumala welcomed participants to the event on...

Colombia : Mujeres Tejedoras de PAZ en los Territorios

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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El pasado 9 de marzo de 2017, en el marco de la conmemoración del día de la mujer trabajadora, el Equipo de Género de la Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz en Colombia se congregó 50 mujeres afrodescendientes, indígenas y campesinas de la red de Comunidades Construyendo Paz en los Territorios CONPAZ provenientes de los departamentos de Chocó, Antioquia, Cauca, Meta, Valle del Cauca y Putumayo para alzar nuestras voces solidarias, amorosas, propositivas e incluyentes en la construcción de la...

Side by Side at launch of Gender Equality and Religion Platform

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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During this first week of the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) a new initiative will be launched with the aim of creating a platform entitled ‘Gender Equality and Religion for the Gender Responsive Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The initiative will be led by UN Women on behalf of: the UN’s Interagency Task Force for Religion and Development (UNFPA/UNIATF), the Department for international Development, UK (DFID) the International Partnership for Religion and...

CREAS: Un 8M por el liderazgo con equidad

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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Un mensaje de la organización miembro de Side by Side CREAS (English translation below): Un 8M por el liderazgo con equidad en las iglesias y OBF de América Latina y Caribe Este 8 de marzo, nos unimos a la conmemoración mundial del Día Internacional de la Mujer Trabajadora, ratificando nuestra intención de seguir trabajando por la renovación y fortalecimiento del liderazgo con equidad, junto a las iglesias de América Latina y El Caribe y en alianza con las diversas organizaciones...

Side by Side launch at CSW, New York

Friday, March 3rd, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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An opportunity to network and hear how faith leaders around the world are working together in their communities to challenge barriers and advocate for gender justice. The international Side by Side faith movement for gender justice will be hosting a launch event for the movement during the forthcoming 61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). The launch will take place on Friday 17 March, 10am to 12pm, in the beautiful sanctuary of St Peter’s...

Living as a First Man Standing

Monday, February 20th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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“We want men and women everywhere to flourish in their lives and relationships.” Side by Side member organisation Restored has published a downloadable Bible study resource. The collection of seven Bible studies authored by Peter Grant, co-Director of Restored, are designed to help groups and individuals to explore what the Bible has to say about masculinity and relationships. Download here. “Violence against women is not a women’s issue – it’s a human issue. And it cannot end until men grasp that it’s...

Kenya & Uganda: CAFOD partners’ workshop on gender

Friday, February 17th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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Kenyan and Ugandan partners of Side by Side member organisation CAFOD have taken part in a workshop in Nairobi, 8 to 10 February, to share their experience and learning on promoting gender equality, and discuss possibilities for forming a gender Community of Practice. Through presentations and open space for discussions, the participants reflected on milestones and challenges, and used the River of Life tool to help them explore the story so far and how the journey might continue. (The River of Life is a...

‘With One Voice’: Fiji Council of Churches documentary

Friday, February 10th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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A documentary film made on behalf of the Fiji Council of Churches, ‘With One Voice: Churches against Violence against Women and Children’,  is now on-line. Following a motion by the Most Reverend Dr Winston Halapua, Archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia, the Fiji Council of Churches made a consensus decision in September 2016 to support the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence and also the ‘Break the Silence’ Sunday initiative (marked on the Sunday immediately preceding November 25, the start...

Side by Side East Africa endorses Regional Advocacy Strategy on UNSCR 1325

Thursday, February 9th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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The Steering Committee of Side by Side East Africa has officially endorsed the Regional Advocacy Strategy on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The Regional Advocacy Strategy was developed jointly by the Norwegian Church Aid Thematic Programme on the Reduction of Gender-based Violence in Conflict and Post Conflict Settings (GBV CPC); the Norwegian Church Aid Regional Peace Programme, the All Africa Council of Churches (AACC), the African Council of Religious Leaders – Religions for Peace (ACRL-RfP), the Fellowship of...

Adolescent Girls: New toolkit for improving choices & opportunities

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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When the girl child is given an opportunity to develop her potential and have choices, there are benefits to the society at large and the girl child, including good health and quality of life. Christian Aid Nigeria has published a new toolkit for Faith Leaders, ‘Improving the Choices and Opportunities for Adolescent Girls’. Download HERE. The toolkit has been designed as a guide for religious leaders of both Christian and Islamic faiths in Nigeria as they address the challenges faced by...

Plan stratégique de Side by Side – disponible en français

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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Le Plan stratégique 2016-2021 du Mouvement de foi international pour la justice de genre Side by Side (Côte à Côte en français) est maintenant disponible en français. Télécharger ici: http://sidebysidegender.org/library/le-plan-strategique-side-by-side-2016-21/ Télécharger la version anglaise ici: http://sidebysidegender.org/library/side-by-side-strategic-plan-2016-21/ Side by Side [Côte à Côte en français] est un mouvement mondial en expansion dont l’objectif est un changement transformationnel pour la justice de genre. Nous sommes des croyants, des chefs spirituels, et des organisations confessionnelles du monde entier engagés à oeuvrer en partenariat pour supprimer les...

Módulos de Bolivia: Teología y Género, y Teología Pastoral

Monday, January 23rd, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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TEOLOGÍA Y GÉNERO: UNA MIRADA HERMENÉUTICA ACTUAL TEOLOGÍA PASTORAL: LA ACCIÓN CRISTIANA EN LA VIDA DE LA IGLESIA Estos son dos recursos del Instituto Superior Ecuménico Andino de Teología (ISEAT), publicados en La Paz, Bolivia, en septiembre de 2016. Los módulos tienen el siguiente objetivo: Contribuir a la capacitación bíblica, pastoral y teológica de líderes de comunidades cristianas a través de una oferta educativa bianual, de carácter semi-presencial y que se realiza en Comunidades de Estudio Bíblico Pastorales (CEBIPAS), ubicadas en los lugares de trabajo y testimonio...

Side by Side Burundi chapter launched

Friday, January 20th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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The Burundi Chapter of the Side by Side movement for gender justice was officially launched in Bujumbura on 20 December 2016 thanks to the leadership of the Burundian National Council of Churches with support from Norwegian Church Aid and Christian Aid. The event gathered faith leaders from several Christian institutions and Muslim groups, and representatives from the Burundian branch of the youth network YCNR and a few national secular organizations. It is hoped that further institutions such as the Catholic Church...

Side by Side at CSW61

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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Read about Side by Side events coming up in March alongside the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, and find out how the Side by Side movement is growing around the world, in the January 2017 edition of the Side by Side newsletter. CLICK HERE

Published: Side By Side Strategic Plan 2016 to 2021

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 by Terrie Robinson
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After a period of consultation, the Inception Group of the Side by Side movement for gender justice has published its Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2021. http://sidebysidegender.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SBS-Strategic-Plan-2016-to-2021-final-1.pdf Side by Side believes that creating greater awareness of the faith and developmental imperative for gender justice, and mobilising and supporting a more coordinated, capacitated and collaborative faith movement for gender justice, will accelerate the transformation of damaging gendered social norms, significantly reduce gender inequality and assist in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals. The...

Side by Side accepted as PaRD member

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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At its recent annual meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) accepted the Side by Side movement for gender justice as a partner. PaRD brings together members and partners from all over the world in order to harness the positive impact of religion in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. The Partnership recognises that religion matters: “More than 80 per cent of the global population affiliates with a religion, and religious...

Girls with Power & Dignity!

Friday, November 25th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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A coalition of faith-based organisations, including several member organisations of the Side by Side faith movement for gender justice, has developed a new resource for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence with a focus on girls’ education and safety from violence and abuse. Girls with Power & Dignity! has a calendar of stories, videos, toolkits and more, to help in campaigning and acting to end violence against girls and young women in education.

Scotland: Approaching Gender Justice

Friday, November 25th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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‘Loving One Another: A biblical discussion toolkit on gender-based violence’, a joint publication by the Global Partnerships Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Christian Aid Scotland, will be a focus of an event ‘Approaching Gender Justice’ in Edinburgh on Wednesday 30 November. The resource is for use in churches and looks at the issue of gender justice, including gender based violence, in faith communities. The material is based on similar material from the Anglican Church in Brazil which has...

Side by Side in Brazil

Friday, November 25th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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Side By Side in Brazil: Rights and Gender Justice By Sarah Roure, Gender Programme Officer for Christian Aid in Brazil The Brazil Chapter of the Side by Side Movement (SbS) is committed to mobilising faith leaders and communities to play a much more distinctive role in securing gender justice in the country. On 18 November in São Paulo, an event entitled ‘Women’s rights and justice: a faith commitment’ gathered women of faith from all over the country for joint actions,...

16 Days of Activism resource from We Will Speak Out

Monday, November 21st, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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The We Will Speak Out coalition has published a new resource for prayer, reflection and action for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. See here: we-will-speak-out-prayer-resource-2016 This guide can be used by individuals, home groups, church groups or organisations to follow the 16 Days campaign (or at any other time of year) to pray into gender-based violence issues. The resource contains stories and ideas for each of the 16 days that illustrate how We Will Speak Out coalition...

Audio: ‘Truth be Told’ conference, South Africa

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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Audio recordings now on-line. Almost 2,000 people including high profile leaders have recently gathered in Rhema Bible Church in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a conference themed “Truth be Told: Speaking Out Against Gender Based Violence.” “Truth be Told” was held 14 to  17 September 2016, hosted by Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) in partnership with Gender Equality Matters, and Rhema Bible Church. The conference focused on the link between gender based violence and misapplied biblical teachings, where the consistent message of liberation and equality for...

Videos to help congregations hasten HIV response

Friday, October 21st, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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Addressing the social drivers that increase vulnerability to HIV transmission, such as stigma, gender inequality, violence and poverty, are essential to ending HIV/AIDS. Churches and all faith communities can and should play a leading role in these areas. This is the message from the World Council of Churches which has made four short videos sharing challenges and examples of how churches and church leaders can make a profound difference in global efforts to end AIDS as a public health threat. Read more and access...

Translations of Church Pack on Ending Domestic Abuse now on-line

Monday, September 5th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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Español, Português, русский, Hindi, English: Side by Side member organisation Restored now has five language versions of its Church Pack on Ending Domestic Abuse. These can be downloaded free of charge here: Hindi http://www.restoredrelationships.org/resources/info/133/ Español, Português, русский, and English http://www.restoredrelationships.org/resources/info/51/ “This Church Pack prepared by Restored is a great tool to sensitize the churches on this issue”, said Mandy Marshall, Restored’s Co-Director. “The reflections on many biblical passages which have often been misused in perpetuating a patriarchal mindset have been dealt with...

Bolivia: Comunidades Bíblico Pastorales y Diálogo Intercultural desde la Biblia

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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Reporte de ISEAT Comunidades Bíblico Pastorales – CEBIPAS en Beni En agosto se inauguraron dos Comunidades Bíblico Pastorales – CEBIPAS en el departamento del Beni – Bolivia.  La primera ‘Edificados sobre la Roca’ en Trinidad – Beni con 20 personas (15 mujeres y 5 varones) de confesión Pentecostal y la segunda ‘CEBIPAS Magdalena’ en Magdalena Beni con 22 personas (17 mujeres y 5 varones) de confesión católica. En ambas Comunidad Bíblico Pastorales se entregó el cuaderno de trabajo elaborado por el...

Kenya Side By Side Chapter speaks on two-thirds gender principle

Friday, August 26th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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By Jane Machira August 24th was a memorable and historic day in the push for gender justice in Kenya – courtesy of Side By Side Kenya Chapter. Faith leaders under the auspices of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Seventh Day Adventists (SDA), Evangelical Alliance of Kenya (EAK) and Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) gathered at Ol Lerai Jumuia Place to deliberate on the Two Thirds Gender Rule enshrined in the...

Mujeres creando condiciones para la reconciliación en Colombia

Thursday, August 18th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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Del 4 a 7 de agosto el Grupo Ecuménico de Mujeres Constructoras de Paz, GEMPAZ (miembro de Side by Side / Lado a Lado)  llevó a cabo el Encuentro Nacional – 2016, cuyo objetivo fue fortalecer las experiencias y acciones locales de Reconciliación en el marco del proyecto “Mujeres creando condiciones para la reconciliación en Colombia”. El encuentro tuvo dos enfoques, el acompañamiento psicosocial-espiritual y las acciones de incidencia social y política, así mismo se desarrollaron reflexiones bíblicas, y actos...

Kenya: Faith leaders’ forum on government gender principle

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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The Side by Side Kenya Chapter has mobilized a church leaders’ forum for Wednesday 24 August 2016 to give them an opportunity to make their position clear on the implementation of their country’s two-thirds gender principle, and on gender justice in general. The promulgation of the Constitution on August 27th 2010 ushered in a new beginning for Kenya as it addressed several issues that afflicted Kenyans but above all it secured the right of the participation of women in democratic governance. A...

Side by Side member Restored registered with United Nations

Monday, August 15th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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A further Side by Side member organisation has been accepted as a registered non-governmental agency by the United Nations. UK-based Restored and its international alliance are looking forward to an enhanced role in international advocacy. Through attendance at UN sessions and lobbying key government and international officials,  Restored representatives will seek to ensure that faith contributions are included in the global response to ending violence against women. Eliminating all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private...

Religion & Development: A critical examination

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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Report of 20 May 2016 dialogue published, ‘Religion and Development: Dialogue on Gender, Rights and Sensitive Issues’. Religion can influence politics and serve both as a driver of and an impediment to development. Faith actors are often seen as putting down barriers to development by condoning cultural and religious norms and practices that uphold gender discrimination in sensitive issues relating to marriage, family, sexuality, reproductive health and women’s empowerment. However, faith actors are also key change agents, able to influence behaviour and attitudes. On May...

Haiti: Consultation on Gender Justice and Equality

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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How can the inter-American system of human rights be used to advance women’s rights, gender equality and justice in Haiti? Christian Aid and three partner organisations Mission Sociale des Eglises Evangéliques (MISSEH), Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains (RNDDH) and Groupe d’Appui aux Réfugiés Rapatriés (GARR) participated in a consultation workshop on Gender Justice and Equality in Haiti organized by the Church of Sweden from 13 to 14 July 2016. Forty-five representatives of women’s organizations, human rights organizations, and faith-based organizations...

World Bank awards for initiatives to prevent gender-based violence

Monday, August 8th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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World Bank Group, SVRI to make new awards for innovation in preventing gender-based violence. Up to US$1.05 million to be awarded for work in low- and middle-income settings. The World Bank Group and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) has announced a new open call for awards recognizing promising innovations aimed at preventing gender-based violence. Applications to the Development Marketplace for Innovation in Prevention of Gender-Based Violence must be received online by October 1, 2016. SVRI and the World Bank Group will disburse more than US$1 million to advance evidence-based interventions to prevent...

Papua New Guinea: Church’s gender work contributes to research for Sustainable Development Goals

Friday, July 29th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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Faith-based organisations the Anglican Board of Mission in Australia and Caritas Australia have recently collaborated with La Trobe University, Melbourne, in producing a research paper, “Working towards Transformational Development and the Sustainable Development Goals”. This paper explores the concept of ‘transformation’ as it relates to the ambitious development objectives launched at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. The Anglican Board of Mission contributed research and information specifically relating to the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea’s gender work, through the Church...

Tearfund reveals resources on gender

Monday, July 25th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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Reveal is a collection of tools put together by Tearfund for people working directly with local communities or churches. Among them are information sheets, activities, Bible studies and good practice guides specifically relating to gender. See http://tilz.tearfund.org/en/resources/reveal_toolkit/filter_summaries/reveal_search_results_-_gender/ “Revealing and addressing hidden issues, revealing guidance and support for community actions and projects, and revealing what the Bible says.” It is not a process to work through from start to finish. Instead, you can search for the tools that are most helpful to you...

Meeting of the Brazil Chapter of Side by Side

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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O relatório completo em Português é aqui. Rights and Justice to overcome Gender Inequality 14 June 2016: The Brazil Chapter of the Side by Side Movement is set to mobilise faith communities and faith institutions to play a much more distinctive role in securing gender justice. For this, theologians and representatives of faith-based organisations, the Council of Churches and Afro-Brazilian religions gathered together to share their experiences and discuss Side by Side next steps in the country. They reflected upon...

Take the UN survey on women’s economic empowerment

Saturday, June 25th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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The UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment is inviting people everywhere to take the short ‪#‎empowerwomen24_7‬ survey to have a say on what needs to be done to make sure that the economic empowerment of women happens. The economic empowerment of women is a game-changer because when women have access to decent work, it benefits their families, communities and economies. Economic equality means closing the gender pay gap, increasing job opportunities, getting access to loans, and breaking down the barriers that hold women back,...

Gender and Development Network: Call for contributions on ‘Fundamentalisms’

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 by Side By Side
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In March 2017, the international journal Gender & Development will focus on Fundamentalisms. The Fundamentalisms issue examines the challenges of working on gender equality and women’s rights in contexts where extreme faith in both religious and secular doctrines threatens women’s wellbeing, choices and rights. The Fundamentalisms issue will feature creative and positive responses to fundamentalisms, from women’s rights and feminist activists from a range of regional perspectives. We are seeking contributions which draw on first-hand experience and research of working...

How string helped Brazilian pastors understand domestic abuse

Monday, June 6th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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Mandy Marshall and Carolina Kuzaks-Cardenas of Side by Side member organisation Restored have just returned from Brazil where they were training Christian leaders on gender, gender based violence and what they can do to address it. The three day workshop, which was held at the Betel Bible Institute in Joao Pessoa (NE Brazil)’ was oversubscribed – an encouraging sign that there was clearly a thirst for information, knowledge and skills for the issue and for the church to address it....

Religion, Women’s Health and Rights: Points of Contention and Paths of Opportunity

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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Religion, Women’s Health and Rights: Points of Contention and Paths of Opportunity Norad and UNFPA have together released a new report to inform UN Member States, civil society organizations, including Faith-based Organizations and the UN, among others, about the context and the nature of debates and different perspectives related to some particularly sensitive issues around sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. The aim of the report ‘Religion, Women’s Health and Rights: Points of Contention and Paths of Opportunity’ is the...

Faith communities key actors in empowering, protecting girls and addressing GBV

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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This is the message of one of five evidence briefs developed by the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI/FLC) for the World Humanitarian Summit taking place in Istanbul 23 to 24 May this year. Each of the evidence briefs is linked to the five Core Commitments outlined in the UN Secretary General’s Report One Humanity, Shared Responsibility. Evidence brief 3 ‘Faith communities are key actors in empowering and protecting girls and addressing gender-based violence‘ relates to the Core Commitment C, ‘Leave No One Behind’, and...

Theological focus on re-thinking masculinities, Nicaragua

Friday, May 6th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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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...

Strong commitments made at Southern Africa forum on Faith and Gender

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 by Terrie Robinson
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Over 50 church leaders and representatives of Christian faith-based organisations from the countries of Southern Africa met in Harare 27 to 28 April to share experience and deliberate on a shared vision, commitment and plan of action for establishing a regional faith movement for gender justice. In a final communiqué, the participants recognised the significant role that religious institutions have to play in addressing gender inequality which has hindered human, social, political, economic and spiritual development, not just for women and girls, but also...

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