No More “Harmful Traditional Practices”! Gender Activism and Faith Leaders in International Development

Bartelink, B. & le Roux, E., 14-Jun-2018

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Researchers from the University of Groningen and the University of Stellenbosch recently concluded a one-year study on the role of faith leaders in challenging gender-based violence and gender inequality [i]. The study, which was funded by the UK Department for International Development [ii] and and carried out by the Gender-Based Violence Hub of the Joint Learning Initiative on Local Faith Communities, was entitled “Working effectively with faith leaders to challenge harmful traditional practices.” The study explored faith leaders’ roles in challenging gender-based violence and made recommendations for how the faith dimensions in development work can be taken seriously (rather than merely instrumentalised). Building on a recent post on CIHA Blog, the problematics around the framing of “harmful traditional practices” are explored in the context of their consequences for development practice.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputCritical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa
Publication statusPublished - 14-Jun-2018

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