Join us in Kigali, Rwanda, this summer on August 22–24, 2019 for an international conference organized and hosted by Ekklesia Foundation for Gender Education (EFOGE) and sponsored by CBE International.
In Africa, it is estimated that about 85% of the population identify themselves as members of a religious or spiritual group. Religion exerts a tremendous influence on women’s and men’s identity, behavior, and beliefs. Some faith institutions still regard women as inferior to men, in church, community, and family circles, and are often rooted in patriarchal and cultural traditions that deny and isolate females from equal decision-making. Women are treated as second class citizens and denied meaningful leadership positions within faith institutions just because they are born females. Many faith actors often use sacred texts to justify male leadership and dominance in the church and society as God’s ideal. In this way, faith communities contribute to the devaluation, violence, and abuse of females. However, the same faith groups have the potential to interpret religious texts correctly to end violence against women and girls. Religious communities and faith groups in the African context have contributed greatly to humanitarian work, helping to alleviate poverty, health problems, promote democracy and other development issues, and can be a powerful agent for change.
Thursday, August 22–Saturday, August 24, 2019 (Internationals should plan to arrive after 4:30 pm on Wednesday, August 21.)
Venue: Kiberinka Cultural Centre in Kigali, Rwanda
Local Africa Rate: $250 USD
International Rate: $300 USD
(Includes conference sessions plus meals and accommodations for 3 nights. Does NOT include ground transportation.)
Conference registration is non-refundable.
Thank you for registering for the EFOGE "Faith and Gender" conference! EFOGE will contact you directly with more details and an invitation letter.
We look forward to seeing you in Uganda!