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Hi everyone

I am working on a research project on the issue of VAW in Africa and specifically how the church is (or could) play a role in dealing with it - both in terms of prevention and in terms of support for victims. 

So I am looking for two things:

1. What theology is being taught in African colleges etc that might address this issue.

2. Examples of best practice - churches and NGOs who are doing good work on the issue in Africa.

If you have any contacts that could help please do let me know.


Sean Callaghan

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Perhaps you know about FECCLAHAs booklet 'Contextual Bible Study Manual on Gender-Based Violence', edited by Fred Nyabera and Taryn Montgomery and published as part of the 'Tamar Campaign' that started in Kenya in 2005. FECCLAHAs emailaddress: info@fecclaha.org.
Thanks Lena - i know about this booklet and this initiative - it does seem like one of the very few in the continent
Hi Sean,
I really look forward to hearing your findings. I have a lot of interest in the subject as well and I think your strategy of finding out what is or is not taught in the Theological institutions is a very wise one. I hope you will get the information. I remember once having informal discussions with some clergy and priests and they said that sometimes the teachings they receive constrain them even when they would like to challenge an issue, they keep quiet. This was mostly in regard to domestic violence, some confessed that even when a woman approaches them with a domestic violence situation, they can only 'pray for her to withstand the trials and for the abuser to stop...!

I know of an NGO here in Uganda (Not Faith based though) that is doing a good job especially around domestic violence, I think they have a strategy to work with clergy, pastors and imams. I am not sure about their website but you can google cedovip (Centre for addressing domestic violence).

All the best, will wait to hear how it goes, and if I get any helpful information, I will let you know.

Hi Doreen

Thank you so much for this link - they seem to be a really good connection. Do you possible know anyone in the leadership who I could make contact with?

You are welcome Sean. I will try and find a contact for you, but that will have to be after Easter.

Enjoy your Easter,


In Central African context, FATEB in partnership with DAI program teach the role of women in church and leadership and in this module violence again women in Msc.




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