Side by Side launch during CSW61

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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 behalf of St Peter’s Church and on behalf of the Rev Dr Cheryl Dudley, President of the New York Metro Synod of the American Baptist Church who serves as chair of the board for InspirAction USA.

Terrie Robinson, Side by Side inception group co-chair, introduced the movement which has seen national chapters emerging in Brazil, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Rwanda, Burundi, Scotland, Kenya and Ethiopia. Further local collaborations are planned.

Read the introduction here: SBS intro to NY launch 170317

Walter Vengesai, Acting Director of Padare, Zimbabwe, described the Side by Side journey so far in his own country and emphasised the importance of working with men and boys. Sarah Roure from Brazil, Charles Opoyo from Kenya and Fiona Buchanan from Scotland also related how, in their respective countries, faith leaders and faith-based organisations were working together to increase capacity and add voice to advocacy for gender justice.

Karri Whipple of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) spoke about her organisation’s call for action to end news media sexism by 2020, and how WACC can interact with the Side by Side movement.

Participants were asked to reflect on what needs to happen in their particular context for more faith leaders to become advocates for gender justice.

Posted by: Terrie Robinson | Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
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