Shared Conversations 4: Advocacy, Faith, Gender and COVID-19 Resources

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Side by Side hosted our fourth Shared Conversation, which focused on advocacy, gender, faith and COVID-19. We were honoured to be joined by Jenny Brown (Christian Aid), Mandy Marshall (Anglican Communion) and Rev. Asir Ebenezer (National Council of Churches in India).

“… that voice for gender justice will never come from the hierarchy, it will only come from the pew.” – Rev. Asir Ebenezer, General Secretary, National Council of Churches in India

Rev. Asir Ebenezer is the General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in India. He is a minister of the Church of South India with three decades of working on pastoral-diaconal concerns within church and ecumenical settings. Among other things he designed ‘Gender Equity Enabling Timetable (GEET)’, Women DARE (Dalit and Adivasi Rural Entrepreneurs) as programs that build gender sensitivity in the church and society using legal and faith resources and platforms, as well as by creating economic models that strengthen women driven local economies that challenge patriarchy-ridden hegemonic global empires. The learnings of these experiences were captured in the Church of South India’s newly created policies – CSI Child Protection Policy, CSI Gender Policy and CSI Disability Inclusion guidelines.

“Using personal stories can also be powerful, when you talk about how the injustice impacts different people, it is hard for people to dismiss that and therefore what needs to change.” – Mandy Marshall, Director for Gender Justice, Anglican Communion

Mandy Marshall is a leading international campaigner against gender-based violence, and the new Director for Gender Justice at the Anglican Communion. Mandy is the former Co-Director of Restored, a charity she co-founded to end violence against women. She previously worked for Tearfund, a Christian development agency established by the UK Evangelical Alliance in 1960, as its Programme Development Adviser for Gender.

“Faith leaders can speak with moral authority and credibility. They’re respected in their communities, and that means they’re likely to be taken seriously by the people with power when they speak out.” – Jenny Brown, Senior Church Advocacy Adviser, Christian Aid

Jenny Brown started her professional life as a lawyer before changing careers to be the coordinator of an ecumenical advocacy network, working in Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern DRC. Jenny then moved onto working for Christian Aid, where she spent 16 years leading their influencing at the European Union. She is now Christian Aid’s Senior Church Advocacy Adviser, supporting senior church leadership as they speak publicly on issues of mutual concern. In this role, she also provides support on advocacy to Side by Side, supporting both members and national chapters.

Posted by: Side by Side | Tuesday, July 7th, 2020
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