95% of people across the Pacific identify as Christian and the church’s teachings have a massive influence on people’s behaviour. But ~68% of women and girls experience violence in their homes and communities. We support Pacific churches to address gender inequality and violence by re-examining their theology.
We support a network of Pacific theologians to create theological resources (Bible studies, workshop materials etc) and lead dialogue in gender theology; run workshops to engage men and women in examining beliefs and behaviour; and invest in education and livelihoods projects that empower women.
Use our resources on gender equality theology in your church or Bible study group! Download them here.
This project is partly funded by the Australian Government through the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative.
Seven mainline denominations in PNG officially adopted gender equality as their doctrinal position, and have committed to teaching this theology as part of their ministerial training.
In Fiji, the ten denominations that make up the Fiji Council of Churches made a joint public statement condemning violence against women as sinful, publicised through a cinema advertising video.
The Methodist Church in Fiji adopted a code of conduct for its leaders rejecting violence against women and children, and took disciplinary action against those who did not comply.
They also changed their advice to women seeking help for domestic violence, suggesting they access the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, an organisation previously condemned by the church for supporting divorce.
In Vanuatu, the Presbyterian Church appointed a focal point for gender equality, and held training for leaders across all parts of the church, developing resources for propagating the teaching of gender equality through sermons and bible studies.
Fiji, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands
Methodist Church in Fiji, Kiribati Uniting Church, Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu, United Church in Papua New Guinea, United Church in the Solomon Islands (UCSI) and the Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA).
Relief & Development (tax-deductible)