Religion

Carol Prins – South Africa

Carol Prins – South Africa

We are both very grateful to Gender Links for hosting the workshop, and would like to strengthen the relationship even further we have formed a very close personal relationship with Ntombi as well from GL. The encounter with GL has also helped us realise that it is very important as different stakeholders to come together, in a good manner to address issues of GBV. There is power in numbers and every little bit helps and goes a very long way indeed.

July 1, 2015 Themes: Gender equality | Local Government | Politics | Religion

Steven Taukobong – Botswana

Steven Taukobong – Botswana

I can really say that my work and Gender Links, we are one thing. One thing that I like the most is that Gender Links is there to help people see. To open their eyes. To understand things better. This is also my mission.

Renatus Sona – Tanzania

Renatus Sona – Tanzania

“My gender training with Gender Links has enabled me have a gender lens when I carry out my duties in the field. When I was producing the documentary I found out that most of the pregnant mothers where not going to hospital because of some harmful cultural practices and we advised them against it.”

June 30, 2015 Themes: Governance | Health | Media | Religion

In god’s shadow: unveiling the hidden world of victims of domestic violence in observant religious communities

In recent years, the phenomenon of domestic violence has
been elevated to the unreputable status of a global epidemic
infesting our society. Despite continuous efforts by law and
policy makers to combat this adverse phenomenon affecting one
in every three women around the globe, the problem persists to
thrive among us. This article provides a rare insight into the
world of domestic violence victims in religious communities and
the vital importance for legal professionals and law makers to
understand and account for the unique challenges these
vulnerable victims face in the path towards safety. Through this
particular case study, this article aims to highlight the
indispensable importance of complementing legal knowledge
with comprehensive cultural and social awareness, as an integral
part of the use of legal instruments to combat urgent social
problems in our diversifying modern society. Absent such an
inherent interdisciplinary approach by legal practitioners,
researchers, and lawmakers, the law is doomed to lose its power
as an effective instrument in the combat against modern social
ailments.

Moçambique: Associação de defesa de minorias sexuais clama por legalização e consideração

Moçambique: Associação de defesa de minorias sexuais clama por legalização e consideração

Maputo, 5 de Dezembro: Homofobia ou o preconceito contra as pessoas de orientação sexual minoritÁ¡ria, como é o caso dos homossexuais, estÁ¡ a atingir contornos alarmantes na sociedade moçambicana para além de aumentar a violência baseada no género GBV no mundo.

Moçambique: Homossexualidade – Quando a escolha da orientação sexual fere a “norma ” Social

Moçambique: Homossexualidade – Quando a escolha da orientação sexual fere a “norma ” Social

Maputo, 5 de Dezembro: A homossexualidade tradicionalmente considerada um comportamento desviante e sancionado pela sociedade, tem tido nas últimas décadas, uma maior divulgação, bem como, uma tentativa de reconhecimento e integração na sociedade moderna o que entra em choque com a maioria que considera a heterossexualidade uma relação a ser reconhecida como uma norma de orientação sexual.

An exploration of a London Church Congregation’s perceptions of homosexuality

The following treatise focuses on the ongoing conflict within the church regarding the issue of homosexuality. It is an important issue that has divided both churches and denominations and it continues to cause hurt in both the lives of Christians and non-Christians alike, both straight and gay. The popular position seems to be that the church, and Christians in general, are homophobic and believe that Christianity and homosexuality are not compatible. This research is a case study and focuses on a church in London. The research was carried out to discover whether this position, often portrayed by the media, was true of this church. It also sought to discover whether theories of conflict management and in particular John Burton’s theory of basic human needs could offer insight and alternative approaches in future discussions. The findings of this research offer hope in the situation in that they show this particular church is not homophobic, nor do the majority believe homosexuality and Christianity to be incompatible.

September 29, 2014 Themes: LGBTI | Religion Programs: Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC) | Student Research

Zezi Vre Zom* À“ Valoriser l’homme pour qu’il traite la femme comme son égale

Zezi Vre Zom* À“ Valoriser l’homme pour qu’il traite la femme comme son égale

L’Institut Cardinal Jean Margéot de Maurice (ICJM), centre de formation catholique, a lancé depuis janvier 2009 un programme de formation intitulé Zezi Vre Zom (ZVZ). Depuis la première session tenue Á  la paroisse de Rivière des Anguilles jusqu’Á  ce jour, il y a eu 55 sessions d’organisées Á  travers l’île et celles-ci ont concerné plus de 5600 hommes. L’objectif de ce programme, c’est de rapprocher les hommes du Christ Á  travers des méditations et échanges autour des lectures de la Bible et ce faisant, de leur montrer que Dieu a créé l’homme et la femme Á  son image, ce qui signifie que les deux sont égaux.

Beyond misfortune and fault : Islam, same-sex sexuality and liberation

The aim of this dissertation is to analyse some of the prominent elements that constitute the discussion of same-sex sexuality among Muslims such as the distinction between sexual acts and identities and its effect on the construction of sexuality in Muslim societies, the religious and legal permissibility of particular sexual acts, and the intersection between the struggle for justice and equality and sexuality. The theoretical framework for this study is based on postcolonialism and queer theory. I argue that a fundamental rethinking of sex and sexuality in Islam and in Muslim societies needs to transpire in order for a more equitable state of affairs to come into existence. The current prejudice associated with same-sex sexuality requires a considered and erudite overhaul of how sexual relationships and gender are constructed in Islamic ethics and Muslim societies. I first consider the effect of sexual identities, namely a homosexual identity, and the consideration of same-sex sexual acts on the Muslim imagination. The notion of unnatural sexual impulses, sinful desires and the interrelationship between various sexual crimes are important considerations in the discourse on sexual diversity among Muslims. Second, I critically assess the argument in favour of same-sex marriages in Islam based on the assumption of stable identities and the inherent righteousness of a human rights framework. I assess the legal tools used set out some of the challenges of the human rights discourse which influences the struggle for homosexual rights and raise some question as to the efficacy of this strategy or mode of resistance and acceptance. Third, I focus on the nexus between sexual diversity, secularism and empire as sites of contestation and collaboration that continue to influence articulations and constructions of how to be Muslim and be also part of a sexual minority. Fourth, I attempt to chart a way forward for queer Muslims and argue in favour of protecting the conceptual and social space of the ‘closet’ as a liberatory and protective domain for queer Muslims where it is possible to balance both the demands of one’s faith and the expression of one’s sexuality.

September 15, 2014 Themes: LGBTI | Religion Programs: Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC) | Student Research

Toolkit for gender in churches launched

Toolkit for gender in churches launched

The Norwegian Church Aid Policy Office for Southern Africa (NCA) in collaboration with the Fellowship of Councils of Churches in Southern Africa – Health Justice Network (FOCCISA-HJN), held the first of a series of country launches of the gender toolkit – Created in God’s image: A gender transformation toolkit for women and men in churches.