Side by Side interviews Rev. Elitha Moyo

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Side by Side intern Aliah Ali interviews Reverend Elitha Moyo, who is the Gender and Justice Coordinator of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Zimbabwe. 

  1. What in your experience, has been some of the positive progress in women’s rights in Zimbabwe?

Since 2015, the Side by Side Gender and Faith Working Group began working on a gender training manual to train faith leaders on how to challenge gender-based violence (GBV). Engaging with faith leaders is crucial as they are the entry point to reaching church councillors, community leaders, school leaders and even politicians.  

Where the gender training manual has received positive feedback, we have seen an increase in the reporting of cases of GBV, including in schools. The gender justice program had a wide-reaching impact beyond church schools, but also schools that are not formally part of the church community. Having the support of faith leaders gave women and girls the courage to report cases of GBV.

  1. Why are faith leaders important in achieving gender justice and what can they do in the progress towards gender justice?

Nearly 85 percent of people in Zimbabwe are Christians, which means that there is a high chance that both the perpetrators and victims/survivors of GBV are also Christians. This places faith leaders in a position where they have a responsibility as leaders of the Christian community to speak up against issues affecting women and girls, such as GBV.

What faith leaders can do to achieve gender justice, is to end the silence by speaking up about these issues. The Evangelical Lutheran Church last year held an advocacy event to stress the importance of faith leaders to break the silence, encouraging faith leaders to speak from the pulpit and through bible studies.

  1. What can we look forward to in 2020 from the movement in Zimbabwe?

On 7th of March 2020, we will be holding a march in conjunction with International Women’s Day. The march will be in the capital city, Harare, where both women and men will be holding placards and signs with messages against gender-based violence. 

Thank you so much to Rev. Moyo for giving her time to be interviewed and all the work that she does for gender justice. If you would like to be featured on our website, please email: info@sidebysidegender.org

Posted by: Side by Side | Thursday, March 5th, 2020
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