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Gender-Based Violence

Fr. Peter Konteh (seated), poses for a photo session with beneficiaries of Desert Flower Foundation- Sierra Leone on the celebrations of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Genital Mutilation on February 6. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

Secret FGM Society Victim Beats Trauma, Joins Catholic Fight for Girls’ Rights in S. Leone

Nov 18, 2022

Wuyatta Musu Genda had just completed her secondary education at the age of sixteen when she gave in to pressure and went for “the cut”.

Archbishop Peter Bryan Wells, Apostolic Nuncio to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nuncio Urges Faith Communities in Southern Africa to Take Lead in Tackling Gender Violence

Oct 7, 2022

The representative of the Holy Father in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa has urged faith communities in the Southern African region to be on “the forefront of tackling gender violence”.

Archbishop Peter Bryan Wells, Apostolic Nuncio to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Credit: SACBC

Catholic Church Leaders Also Called “to be a brother, a son”, Nuncio in Southern Africa

Oct 6, 2022

The Apostolic Nuncio in South Africa, Archbishop Peter Brian Wells, has called on Catholic Church leaders to not only lead the people of God under their pastoral care, but to also be a “brother” to their respective congregations.

Poster calling for  an end to Violence against women. Credit: CGTN Africa

Strengthen Services for Victims of Gender-Based Violence, Caritas Zambia Urges Government

Nov 26, 2021

The Zambian government has been urged to intensify services that contribute towards the healing of victims of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), which is on the increase in the Southern African nation.

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Report Cases of GBV, Provide Healthcare to Victim: Catholic Nurses in Zimbabwe

Oct 23, 2021

The people of God in Zimbabwe can be part of the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV) by helping victims seek health care services and reporting the cases to the authorities, Catholic nurses in the country’s Bulawayo Archdiocese have said. 

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Zimbabwean Diocese Launches Empowerment Program in Fight against Gender Based Violence

Sep 16, 2021

Zimbabwe’s Catholic Diocese of Masvingo is empowering women through self-help initiatives in view of ending “the scourge” of gender-based violence (GBV) in that part of the country. 

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Christian Leaders in Nigeria Condemn Gender-based Violence, Call for “collective action”

Sep 12, 2021

Christian leaders in Nigeria have expressed their condemnation of gender-based violence and called for “collective action” to end the vice that seems to target women and girls.

A procession marking the launch of the Year of St. Joseph in Kenya's Malindi Diocese. / Catholic Diocese of Malindi

Kenyan Diocese Seeking Intercession of St. Joseph to Tame Rampant Gender-Based Violence

Feb 24, 2021

The Catholic Diocese of Malindi in Kenya has embarked on a year-long celebration of St. Joseph with a special focus on seeking the intercession of the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary in addressing gender-based violence, which has been on the rise in various parts of the Diocese.

African Faith-Based Organizations to Launch 16-Day Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Nov 26, 2020

The All African Council of Churches (AACC) and other Faith-based actors in Africa are commencing 16 days of activism across the continent to create awareness about Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV), which has reportedly skyrocketed during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Caritas S. Sudan Integrating Fight against Gender-based Violence in Activities: Official

Nov 25, 2020

The leadership of Caritas South Sudan is integrating initiatives aimed at fighting against gender-based violence (GBV) in regular operations in view of improving the response to the vice at the grassroots, an official has told ACI Africa.

Ghana’s Catholic Gender Specialists Urge Strengthening Response to Gender-Based Violence

Nov 25, 2020

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women marked Wednesday, November 25, two Catholic gender experts in Ghana are calling on the government to work toward strengthening the response to gender-based violence (GBV).

Kenyan Dioceses Commence Countrywide Training to Combat Gender-Based Violence

Nov 7, 2020

Dioceses in Kenya have embarked on a series of trainings for pastoral agents to address the rising incidences of Gender-based Violence (GBV) in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

“Let us exorcise demon of gender-based violence from our midst”: Bishop in Botswana

Oct 15, 2020

As residents of Botswana mark the month of October that is dedicated to creating awareness about gender-based violence (GBV) in the Southern African nation, an appeal has been made to perpetrators to “exorcise” the vice.

Dr. Edwin Ivan Obore of St. Theresa Mission Hospital in Torit Diocese, South Sudan. / Radio Emmanuel of Torit Diocese/Facebook Page

Catholic Medic in South Sudan Condemns Leniency against GBV Offenders, Calls for Action

Oct 15, 2020

Perpetrators of gender-based violence (GBV) in South Sudan are going unpunished, a situation that a Catholic medic in the East-Central African nation has condemned, calling on law enforcers in the nine-year-old country to ensure that the offenders are brought to book.

Bishop Anthony Fallah Borwah President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Liberia (CABICOL).

Four Issues of Concern for Bishops in Liberia Who Want “peaceable and reconciled” Nation

Aug 25, 2020

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Liberia (CABICOL) who have issued a statement on “Matters of National Concern” in the West African country have highlighted four main issues, invoking the intercession of Mary for a peaceful and reconciled nation.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel, Archbishop of Addis Abeba (Ethiopian), Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Cardinal Highlights COVID-19 “harmful side effects,” Church’s Intervention

Jul 29, 2020

The head of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia, Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel, has highlighted the “harmful side effects” of COVID-19 in the East African country including the loss of a Catholic Bishop and increased cases of gender-based violence (GBV).

Activists protest against Gender-based Violence and Femicide in South Africa.

What Church Leaders in Southern Africa are Doing to Tackle Gender-Based Violence

Jun 29, 2020

The leadership of the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has, in an interview with ACI Africa, shared what  Church leaders in the region are doing to fight gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) in South Africa, which has spiked in recent times.

Bishop Victor Phalana,  Chairperson for SACBC Justice and Peace Commission. / SACBC

Inspired by COVID-19 Response, Southern Africa Bishops Rethink “approach to GB violence”

Jun 15, 2020

Catholic Church leaders in Southern Africa are calling for a change of approach in tackling the increasing cases of gender-based violence (GBV), proposing an “aggressive and holistic approach” that brings together various stakeholders in the way COVID-19 is being fought against.

Representatives of Uganda’s Faith Women Leaders at a Press Conference Wednesday, June 10 in Kampala. / Francis Emorut, New Vision

Women Church Leaders in Uganda Decry Gender-Based Violence amid COVID-19 Restrictions

Jun 11, 2020

Representatives of Uganda’s Faith Women Leaders have expressed their concerns about “rising cases of domestic violence” targeting women in the East African nation, apportioning blame to men for being unreasonably “demanding” amid COVID-19 restrictions.

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Church Leaders in South Africa Urge Use of WhatsApp to Fight Gender-Based Violence

May 12, 2020

In South Africa where COVID-19 restrictions have plunged the country into various crimes including police brutalities and a rise in cases of gender-based violence (GBV), church leaders drawn from 30 Christian denominations have condemned the crimes and encouraged the use of WhatsApp to report cases of violence founded on gender.