World Mission Council Gender Based Violence report

The Church of Scotland has produced a number of reports concerning violence against women (VAW) since 2003, all of which are rooted theologically in the Church’s understanding of the imago Dei, the creation of every human being in the image of God. Advocating gender justice for all, these reports identify the overwhelming statistical evidence that women and girls are far more likely to experience forms of violence than men. This violence has been strongly condemned and understood as a dehumanising practice, contrary to the will of God. They call for all women to be treated equally, so that all of society can flourish.  This report asserts that we cannot assume that our theologies and experience are universal to all, but rather that cultural contexts are vital in women’s experiences of what it means to be a women and their experiences of violence. If we believe in a world were all are equal then we must hear the voices of women around the world, so that we can learn from one another and work together to ensure that all women and men are recognised and treated as equal, just as they are in the eyes of God. The Church of Scotland works together with international partners to address gender based violence (GBV) through the World Mission Council. This report is a culmination of voices and experiences from practitioners in our partner churches, who are taking practical steps towards creating a world where all can live life in fullness regardless of gender. These stories reveal the deep gender inequality in the world that women must contend with, which is inseparable from issues of class, caste, colonialism, religion and race…

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