Gender and Faith Network in Zimbabwe

To strengthen the work of churches in achieving gender justice, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) has recently launched the Gender and Faith Network. The network is a movement of faith leaders in Zimbabwe committed to build a church that understands the cause of gender justice and supports local communities with deeper insight and sensitivity.
The network reiterates the need for church leaders to be agents of social transformation in promoting gender justice and reflecting on different biblical passages and analyzing the role of religion and culture in gender injustice.
Major topics are the concept of patriarchy and power, actions regarding the churches’ response to gender-based violence, and national laws related to gender equality and how such laws can support families, churches and communities in upholding cultures of peace.
While the senior church leaders expressed their unwavering commitment to gender justice by establishing the Gender and Faith Network, they also joined the “Thursdays in Black” initiative which, through the simple gesture of wearing black on Thursdays, promotes an end to violence against women. Together, the church participants pledged to work for a world in which no one is excluded on the grounds of gender and where diversity is celebrated.
The network will conduct training sessions for church leaders and lay community leaders to spread awareness about gender issues and achieve their vision of gender justice.

Read more

Each day one story - on how education rescued girls from early marriage, on their dreams and vision, on religious dialogue and cooperation and on common action in cooperation with local faith based communicators.
Following-up on the 16 Days of Activism Campaign the podcasts will be integrated in a video project documenting the campaign, providing further information on the topic as inspiration and resource for educational settings, communities and seminaries.
Q: Where and when do you feel strong?
A: Everyday as long as I am doing what makes me happy the most and not the next person because I do not live to please people but me.
Q: Did you encounter violence?
A: No
Q: Do you know any victims of violence?
A: Yes, I have seen many people including my friends
Q: How do you feel about that?
A: It is bad and it is touching.
Q: Who are the most affected victims of violence, women, men or children?
A: Women especially children
Q: Why do you say so?
A: We grow up knowing that women come second and the men come first so if women do not follow the command of the men that is when violence starts
Q: In other words are you saying that women are weak?
A: Not that they are weak but they are not strong to stand up for their rights, there is an opportunity for them to be empowered but they are not confident enough to stand up or themselves although we have a few that are getting there.
Q: What are your dreams of your future? How do you want to live?
A: I want to do something that gives me money to sustain my life and at the same time keeping me happy always. I wouldn’t want to do something that please the people out there and not me. I was inspired by a video of a couple who live in a one room house but they were happing as a family surviving on a loaf of bread and a soft drink.
Evangelical Lutheran Gender Justice Launch – extract from the DVD

 

Action

Pray for the work of Gender and Faith Networks in Zimbabwe.
Take podcasts of your friends, family and others who share their experiencs and their hope for gender equality.
Share these podcasts with the genderjustice-interfaith coaltion.

 

Additional resources and information

LWF addresses Gender Justice at the Commission on the Status of Women
First Zimbabwe Gender Justice and Local Government Summit and Awards
Gender index Zimbabwe
Promote gender equality and promote women
Gender equality in Zimbabwe
Gender inequality in Zimbabwe and empowerment of women
Gender Budgeting: Case Study of the Zimbabwe Experience pdf