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March 22, 2013

Women’s Indaba Update

by Admin

Back in November we told you about plans for a Women’s Indaba working with  Anglican Women’s Empowerment (AWE ). This took place in New York just before the UNCSW meeting. Janet Marshall (Canada) and Alice Mogwe (Botswana) facilitated the Indaba between the 11 women from America and Africa that focused on violence against women and girls.

Indaba is an organic process, going where the Lord leads and where the group finds itself after deep conversation, prayer, and contemplation. We knew it meant trusting the process, our facilitators, and one another to do the work that came before us. Diane Enyon, AWE

Diane Enyon, speaking to ENS’s Matt Davies, explained “The women who participated in this Indaba program came from the global north and south, from different cultures, perspectives, and experiences. We learned that violence against women and girls plays out in different and similar ways but that despite these differences “we are one in Jesus Christ.”

Participants following their three-day Indaba on violence against women and girls Photo Credit: ACNS

Participants following their three-day Indaba on violence against women and girls
Photo Credit: ACNS

Speaking to Anglican Communion News Service Lucie Nzarambal, Vice Chairperson of the Mothers’ Union in Rwanda and a District Councillor representing women, explained that thanks to the gathering, she would be going back with new tools to address violence in Rwanda, “This is the first time I’ve heard about ‘safe spaces’ where a woman can come and talk and break silence about the violence [she has experienced]. That’s something I will take back to my country; as is the idea of gathering two or three women together in small groups, giving them the opportunity to break the silence [about abuse]. Women are not able to talk about it in large gatherings.”

This Indaba has sparked ideas and hopes for the future both for the AWE group who hope to meet again, this time in Africa, to go deeper together on this issue. In this article on the GTS website Kim Robey expresses a desire to use Indaba in the seminary.

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