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Institute for Faith and Gender Empowerment (IFAGE) was initially registered as Ekklesia Foundation for Gender Education in 2013 until 2019, when the name was
IFAGE envisions a society where men and women are equal and free from sexual and gender-based violence.
It’s true that the year 2020 was unprecedented with many losses and challenges. Many lives were lost, many economic developments were thwarted, and opportunities to improve on human inequalities and injustices including oppression of women and girls based on gender decreased.
In the picture above is Stephanie (real name concealed), a mother of eight children who is now 26 years old. She dropped out of school for early marriage at the age of fifteen to an old man in the age of her grandfather and as at now, she have eight children.
It’s a fact that these moments are unprecedented and we are in crisis!
Globally, we are being affected by this pandemic, but the truth is, we are not all impacted in the same way especially for those of us living in the Sub Saharan Africa. Apart from biting hunger and huge loss of jobs due to government lockdowns, curfews and restricted movements, we have noted with deep concerns the profound gendered impacts of COVID-19.
On March 8th 2020, we took the initiative to celebrate International Women’s Day #EachforEqual.
Our focus being advocating for improved health for women and girls. We had deep discussions involving Challenging the status quo, Exploring social norms, Faith, Gender Equality and Justice.
Among the greatest challenges the world faces today including globalization, economic crisis, widening gender inequalities, lies the undefeated aspiration for peace, which implies the necessity of finding a way of living together better, in a world of growing complexity and uncertainty.
This year on the theme “Man and Woman, One in Christ: Engaging Faith Narrative for Justice & Equality” we gathered 98 faith actors and leaders from across Africa and other parts of the world at Kiberinka Cultural Center in Kigali, Rwanda to explore gender dynamics and attitude within the church and community and its impact on human relationship.
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