2019 Faith and Gender International Conference

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Ekklesia Foundation for Gender Education (EFOGE) in partnership with Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) presents 2019 international conference in Kigali, Rwanda on the theme:

Theme: Man and Woman, One in Christ: Engaging Faith Narratives for Justice and Equality

Dates: August 22- 24, 2019 with internationals to arrive on the 21st, from 4.30 pm East African Time.

Venue: Kiberinka Cultural Centre – Kigali, Rwanda.

Why Faith and Gender Conference?

Every year, Ekklesia Foundation for Gender Education (EFOGE) mobilizes religious leaders across Africa for Faith & Gender conferences, in order to create safe space for conversation and dialogue with religious community on the role of faith actors in ending violence against women and girls. During these events, delegates and faith actors are equipped with knowledge and skills about equality and justice for women and men both in the Church, Home and Society. We believe that, when faith actors teach, model and normalize male-rule as God’s ideal, they fuel a powerful patriarchal trajectory that places girls and women at risk for violence and abuse. Studies and statistics confirms the same.

Religious Context in Africa

In Africa, it is estimated that about 85% of the population identify themselves as members of a religious or spiritual group. Religion exerts a tremendous influence on women and men’s identity, behavior, and beliefs. Some faith institutions still regard women as inferior to men both in church, community and family circles. It is a fact that most popular faith groups are often rooted in patriarchal and cultural traditions which always deny and isolate females from equal decision-making in the society. Women are always treated as second class citizens and denied meaningful leadership positions within faith institutions just because they are born females. Many faith actors often use sacred texts to justify male leadership and dominance in the church and society as God’s ideal. In this way and at this level, faith community contributes in the devaluation, violence, and abuse of the female human agency. However, the same faith groups have the potential to interpret scriptures and religious texts correctly to end violence against women and girls. Religious communities and faith groups in the African have contributed greatly in the humanitarian work, helping to alleviate poverty, health problems, promote democracy and other development issues and can be a powerful agent for change and women’s liberation


Registration fees is $250 for local delegates (Africans) and $300 for international. This amount is inclusive of three days accommodation plus continental breakfast; three days conference package including access to conference sessions, 10’ o’clock tea/coffee, lunch, 4 o’clock tea/coffee, and three bottles of water; and supper for three days.


Please, do not hesitate to contact our Events Coordinator, Halima Ijeiza for more in more information, at halima@efogeinternational.org or call +254 2026 34272

Venue Physical address

Kiberinka Cultural Centre 307 St, Kibagabaga, Gasabo District in Kigali, Rwanda.
Venue contacts are as follows: call +250 788 300 752 or +250 784 721 983 or email: reachorgrwanda@yahoo.com

Speakers Line-ups

Speakers’ Profiles: Read more here