CBE acts where humanitarian work and Christian belief intersect. With NGOs around the world, CBE understands that women's 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 and NGO leaders around the world who have a track record of challenging gender-based violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation, and other injustices suffered by women. Partners in Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe evaluate impact with surveys before and after their programs. To date, we’ve collected over 1,500 responses, and the data is encouraging. They show a 59% improvement in overall understanding and commitment to biblical gender equality after events, compared to before. Here’s an example of responses to one statement:
CBE is expanding international outreach. In fact, CBE invests over $55,000 and countless staff hours in these vital programs each year. But we need your help—please support this transformative work with a generous contribution toward books, scholarships, and general ministry needs.
As long as pastors interpret Scripture to devalue women, Africa will remain poor. Church leaders ignore polygamy, domestic violence, FGM, and sexual cleansing of widows. Women assume the church will not help because it is silent on these things.
Radical change is needed if Africa is to have a future, and biblical gender equality is required. We must work together to bring glory to God and to the continent.
—Rev. Dr. Emily Onyango, Kenya
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