In the Pacific, patriarchal culture and colonial-era interpretations of the Bible often serve to reinforce the relative marginalisation of women.
In Vanuatu, the Presbyterian Women’s Mission Union is leading their Church to develop an understanding of gender equality from a biblical perspective and to embed this equality into the structure and teaching of the Church.
Activities include introducing gender equality theology across the church and placing gender focal persons in every community to support women and girls facing domestic violence or discrimination.
The next phase will involve exploring deeper structural changes to support healthy family relationships.
Since the beginning of this project, every Presbyterian church community has a gender focal person to act as advocate and point of contact for women struggling with domestic violence. Christian teaching on gender equality has taken up by seven presbyteries and 86 sessions, with 900 women and 400 men across Vanuatu.
980 people participated in gender equality awareness training
Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu through the Presbyterian Women’s Mission Union
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