i) Annual Conferences
Each year, we host an international conference with faith leader and community leaders, scholars, students, researchers, project coordinators and speakers from Africa and around the world. Our conferences educate, encourage, and equip communities to share about Biblical basis for the shared leadership and authority of men and women in their homes, churches, and society/cultures.
ii) Leadership Training
From a Christian/biblical point of view, we train faith leaders, victims of sexual violence, community women groups and churches to understand causes and effects of family/domestic, sexual and gender based violence. Through our rich training manual, we biblically equip leaders with knowledge and skill to understand, explore, break walls of cultures and religion in order to influence positive mindsets and change about equality between women and men for shared leadership and authority.
In African social set-ups, faith leaders are often among the most influential members of a community. Their beliefs and values can inspire entire communities to care for and love one another. Without proper information and insight, the misunderstandings of faith leaders can inadvertently promote stigma and discrimination especially when the Bible is used to justify patriarchy as God’s ideal. As a result, faith leaders become active participants in their communities and are committed to respond pastorally to sexual/domestic violence, identify and support victims of sexual violence within their churches and communities.
iii) Advocacy Workshop
We advocate empower and influence churches and communities against Family/Domestic, Sexual and gender based Violence. We challenge retrogressive cultural and religious practices like polygamous marriages, female genital Mutilation/cutting, child marriages, dowry payments, widow inheritance among other practice that devalue and oppressed women.
Through workshops, we bring faith leaders and victims of sexual violence together in order to share their own stories and experiences and raise their voices against sexual and gender based violence in safe place and learned how to build bridges for healing, reconciliation and justice. While we pray and wait for the day that God’s people will treat each other with mutual respect and equality, it is important that faith leaders and faith communities address barriers to disclosure, prevention and justice for victims of domestic violence and make it clear that churches cannot be used to condone or excuse abusive behaviors.
iv) Education/School fees and Sanitary pads Support to Girls
We support limited number of female students who are most needy to go/continue with their education. Life for many young girls and women in an environment of patriarchy (sub-Saharan Africa) can be hopeless and unbearable. Poverty bites deep for young girls and women and in many occasions,they find it next to impossible to get basic education as preferences are given to men/ boys who are seen as superior with potential for leadership in the society.
We also provide sanitary towels to most vulnerable girls in the community. Statistic shows that, one out of ten girls in sub-Sahara Africa misses three (3) to five (5) days of school a month or drops out of school altogether because menstrual products are neither accessible nor affordable. During the days when they have their period, these girls and adult women stay home because of the fear of being exposed with blood on their clothes.
Most vulnerable girls and women do not possess underwear and utilize used clothes from worn clothes that they place between their legs and tie on their waist with a straw. Menstrual bleeding is still a taboo subject and no one discusses it. The teenage girls, because of their shyness and reluctance to discuss their menstruation with their elders, coupled with their lack of education, utilize pieces that are most of the time not clean. These unclean pieces expose them to infections generally not treated on time, and may end up causing more health problems for them.