What is Channels of Hope for Gender?
Channels of Hope for Gender is an innovative approach to exploring gender identities, norms and values that tend to have a negative impact on male and female relationships domestically and publicly. The goal of the programme methodology is for participants to see God’s perspective of men and women as equals and to treat each other accordingly. The new understanding fostered by the Gender curriculum empowers both women and men to celebrate who they are, moves people towards healthier relationships with those of the other gender, and reduces gender-based violence.
While faith leaders are amongst the most influential members in any given community, their interpretation and the resulting application of religious texts can be detrimental to gender relationships. In some instances, religious text has been used to validate cultural practices that keep women on the fringes of processes that are critical to their own development and to that of their families and communities. Other prejudices are occasioned by patriarchal traditions that extend more power and privilege to males at the expense of females, resulting in a lack of equitable access and control of family and community resources as well as gender-based violence. These power imbalance results not only in a negative impact of the wellbeing of women and girls, but the holistic development of communities.
When faith leaders promote principles of equality, and the shared access and utilisation of family and community resources, this contributes to harmonious relationships within families, faith groups and communities.
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