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Men agree to promote women’s rights in churches

Participants of a workshop on women’s human rights agreed to set up an ecumenical men’s network focused on the elimination of violence against women. The week-long workshop was conducted by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre in partnership with the Pacific Conference of Churches and ended last Friday with a total of 27 men graduating from the course. The […]

Salote Qalubau

July 30, 2016 7:47 am

Participants of a workshop on women’s human rights agreed to set up an ecumenical men’s network focused on the elimination of violence against women.

The week-long workshop was conducted by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre in partnership with the Pacific Conference of Churches and ended last Friday with a total of 27 men graduating from the course.

The 27 participants also agreed that an efficient manner for them to address violence against women was by using the platform of the pulpit to discuss the issue.

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre Coordinator Shamima Ali said she was pleased with the outcomes of the workshop.

ALI: “This is a great beginning for us all. It’s really important that men from religious organisations are full participants in this work because of the importance of the religious institutions, particularly the churches, in Fiji and the Pacific,”y needed to start by examining their own attitudes and beliefs about women.”

In closing the five-day seminar, Reverend Nikotemo Sopepa of the Presbyterian Church in Fiji urged the men to analyse how they treated women in general.

SOPEPA: “Do unto others what is human and don’t do undo others what is inhuman. That’s the strongest way I can think of how we male species of creation can advocate for women in their struggle for equality, in their struggle to be heard, in their struggle with violence in their families and communities, in their struggles with the violations of their beings, the violations of their bodies, their dignity.”

Meanwhile, further stages of the male advocacy workshops are being planned for members of the Pacific Conference of Churches in Fiji.

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