Southern Africa

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Eliud Njeru | Christian Aid (Kenya) |


The Side by Side Southern Africa coalition was founded when 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 for men and boys.

The communiqué states the participants’ commitment to journeying with other faith leaders and institutions in their region in search of equality and dignity for all, promoting positive gender values and working together to truly become inclusive societies of hope, reconciliation, peace and healing.

To this end, they will increase regional and national coordination of  efforts to address gender inequality in their communities; raise awareness of gender inequality in their churches and advocate for change, and use their influence to change attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate gender based violence and inequality.

The full text of the communiqué is here.

The full report of the Side by Side Southern Africa symposium is here.

Presentation material used during the forum:

Bishop Margaret Vertue, Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Bishop Ishmael Mukuwanda, President of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, and Bishop Martin Mtumbuka, Roman Catholic Church of Malawi, lead the closing ceremony for the Southern Africa Regional Symposium on Faith and Gender:

Bishops closing SBS Southern Africa April 2016


All sub-regional and national coalitions for this region

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