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Zimbabwean Diocese Launches Empowerment Program in Fight against Gender Based Violence

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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.

A campaign graphic for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence that will conclude on December 10, 2019, Human Rights Day

During Advent, Church in Southern Africa Wants Initiatives to End Violence Targeting Women

As the global community continues to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence that started November 25 advocating for the elimination of all forms of gender violence, Church leaders under the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), a region that has recorded the highest cases of femicide in Africa, have called on all people to use the upcoming Advent season to promote the dignity of women and girls, taking deliberate initiatives to end gender-based violence that usually targets the female gender.

Clergy, men and women religious, and laity in South Sudan's Rumbek diocese pose for a photo after taking part in the workshop on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) on November 23. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) facilitated the four-day workshop / Fr. Peter Garang, Diocese of Rumbek

Pastoral Agents in South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese “sensitized” on Gender-Based Violence

In the context of the United Nation’s (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women marked on November 25, the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reached out to the clergy, religious, and laity ministering in the Catholic diocese of Rumbek in a four-day training focusing on ways to deal with Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), a participant has told ACI Africa.