CBE acts where humanitarian work and Christian belief intersect. That’s because we, along with NGOs around the world, understand that gender equality—empowering women and men to share authority and responsibility for their families and communities—spurs economic and social development and improves the quality of life for everyone. Yet gender equality is not attainable without addressing underlying cultural and faith-based beliefs that devalue and disempower women and girls, and make them vulnerable to abuse.
One of the most pervasive obstacles is the church. Through an inconsistent reading of the Bible, many faith leaders uphold male authority as God’s ideal. As authoritative voices and social gatekeepers, they protect the status quo. Too often church leaders tolerate abuse and discrimination in the name of God, based on a few mistranslated and misinterpreted Bible verses.
CBE collaborates with church & NGO leaders in Africa who have a track record of challenging gender-based violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation, and other injustices suffered by women. CBE is expanding our outreach beside pastors in Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and beyond. In fact, CBE will invest over $48,000 and countless staff hours in these vital programs. But we need your help today—please support this transformative work with a generous contribution toward books, scholarships, or general ministry needs.
“We take women for granted, and undermining them is a form of abuse. Priscilla and Deborah show that women can be able leaders and triumph. Biblical gender equality teaches about letting women live to their full capacity. Jesus and Paul walked with women, they were co-workers. I am requesting more books to prepare a class to have CBE-trained teachers to spread the message.”
--Pastor Steven, Uganda
“I am based in Bindura, where [we have] the highest gender-based violence rate in the country--50%. And child marriages are also very high. As a pastor, having been empowered by what I got at [CBE’s] conference, I have a burden upon my heart to transform this community through the truth of the word and restore gender equality as it was in the beginning and as God intended it to be.”
--Rev. Herbert, Zimbabwe
Please stand with CBE beside these dedicated African leaders!