Channels of Hope for Gender is a World Vision program dedicated to improving the lives and wellbeing of women and girls by empowering faith leaders in the local community to drive change. The program addresses some of the greatest challenges of our time involving women such as domestic violence, rape and female genital mutilation.
Gender inequality deprives women of basic rights such as healthcare, education, economic opportunities and in many cases, feeling safe in their own homes.
The World Health Organisation estimates that gender-based violence affects one in three women in their lifetime. Most of this violence is from an intimate partner or husband.
These inequalities are often rooted in deeply entrenched gender norms that lead to significant differences in the treatment of boys and girls. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data has shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.
Channels of Hope for Gender is an innovative approach to addressing gender inequities by leveraging on faith leaders to act upon gender injustices in their communities.
When faith leaders promote principles of equality, this contributes to harmonious relationships within families, faith groups and communities.
The results are proven. Channels of Hope has equipped 450,000 faith leaders (both Christians and Muslims) in more than 90 countries. We work in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities including Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, South Sudan and with various First Nations communities here in Australia.
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$50 can help form children’s groups in which children develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to become leaders and advocates for change in their communities
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$150 could help parents understand the value of educating all children to ensure that girls and children with disabilities have equal access to school
“Women are important, just like men”: Reverend Andrew
In countries like Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands, so many women face domestic violence it has become part of the culture. While classified as a crime, gender-based violence is still traditionally seen as a private matter and mediated outside the legal system.
World Vision’s Channels of Hope project tackles the problem at its core, focussing on changing the mindset and attitudes of the local community. With as much as 83 to 95 percent of the community identifying as Christian, faith leaders have proven to be a powerful force in driving change.
“The Bible stories tell us that women are important, just like men,” said Reverend Andrew, one of the Solomon Islands faith leaders trained in Channels of Hope for Gender. “That’s what I learned when I attended the workshop training.”
Teus, one of the workshop participants in Timor-Leste, said his attitudes towards gender equality have changed. “Now I understand how to share duties and responsibilities – what women do, men can do.” Gender equality starts at home and delivers benefits which ultimately improve the wellbeing of the whole community, including children.
YOUR GIVING MEANS A CHANNEL OF HOPE FOR VULNERABLE WOMEN AND CHILDREN
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