Challenging Patriarchy in the Pacific

by CWM Communications Team

Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) General Secretary Rev James Bhagwan has lauded the critical role and contribution of women’s organisations in challenging patriarchy and holding male leaders in churches and faith communities accountable.

He was speaking at a Pacific Women’s Triennial Conference on gender-based violence (GBV), where he highlighted the efforts of national members of PCC in this issue. “Our role is to support their work such as addressing the ordination of women, bringing GBV into theological training. Our gender team is working on ensuring there is good decision making and working with church leaders on addressing the cultural and traditional drivers of patriarchy,” said Rev Bhagwan.

Also in the pipeline are plans to support development of Pacific Women Theology and collaborations between feminists and women theologians, he added.

Image from Reweaving the Ecological Mat (REM), a project undertaken by the Institute for Mission and Research based at the Pacific Theological College in Suva, Fiji. (Credit: Pacific Conference of Churches Facebook page)

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