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Ecumenical Women believes that justice is at the core of our faith. Being rooted in different Christian traditions sets us apart from other coalitions and non-profits working for gender equality. We seek to be a strong Christian voice speaking for the advancement of women and girls in the world, simultaneously working against the structures of gender discrimination that exist both outside and within our own faith institutions.  EW is a coalition seeking to have one foot in the “church” and one in the “world,” constantly straddling the borders between advocacy and theology.

To help women and men working for gender equality, Ecumenical Women provides the following resources that can easily be used in different contexts inside and outside the church.

Resource Links

A guide provided to Ecumenical Women’s delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Provides history on the United Nations and the CSW, narratives on gender justice, and suggestions for continuing the work of the CSW back home in local communities.

Background Papers

Theological and academic articles and researches on topics relating to faith, feminism and human rights.

(2009) A case study by mandy Marshall for Tearfund.

(2008) A selection on theological statements on sexuality issues.

By Nontando Hadebe

A guide book by Reverand Debra W. Haffner and Kate Ott

By the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing

Educational Resources

Toolkits, statements and other resources to conduct workshops and forums.

A landmark human rights declaration calling for an improvement in the status of women and girls.

Beijing Circles is a group of circles that have been formed around the issues of the Beijing Platform for Action. The creation of  circles is a result of the attendance of AWE, Anglican Women’s Empowerment, at the Commission on the Status of Women. Beijing Circles are a tool which can help to educate about the issues affecting women globally and then to advocate within the church and the world to bring about positive change.

Full [Enlighs] text of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, adopted by the General Assembly in 1979.

A comprehensive, practical guide for use in churches or faith communities on how to dialogue about the issues of HIV prevention. Aimed at introducing a dialogue process to bring difficult topics into the open in a safe, mutually respectful, and structured way. Created by the e-alliance.

The Religions for Peace Global Women of Faith Network developed this guide to Building Women of Faith Networks, which affirms that women of faith draw deeply upon their reserves of agency, wisdom, and compassion to lead the world toward peace.

A congregational resource packet to bring about God’s intent for our world through awareness raising and action.

A bible study prepared by Onleilove Alston for The Poverty Initiative. This paper helps to explore the unique contribution of women to the life of the church. Together with theological reflections and practical guidelines, “The Last Weeks of Jesus” educates to built a movement to end poverty,  led by the poor.

Blog Resources

Collection of resources that can be found in Ecumenical Women blogs

Faith at the UN: Gender in the church - 2nd Edition (2012)

"Gender Perspectives on Climate Change" Issues Paper (2008)

Interactive expert panel: Emerging issues, trends and new approaches to issues affecting the situation of women or equality between women and men. "Gender Perspectives on Climate Change" Issues Paper, CSW52 (2008).

"Gender Perspectives on Climate Change" Issues Paper Moderator's Summary (2008)

Emerging issues, trends and new approaches to issues affecting the situation of women or equality between women and men. “Gender Perspectives on Climate Change” Moderator’s Summary, CSW52 (2008).

Documentary (2008) on Civil War in Liberia, featuring Leymah Gbowee

"Ecumenical Women advocated around three broad areas during CSW and achieved success in getting supportive language around each of the following three areas in the final outcome of the CSW; 
1) Cultural structural and economic violence are underlying factors that must be addressed, 2) Education is a vital part of the change process, especially societal change. Education must incorporate men and boys alongside women and girls, 3) We must pay particular attention to the needs of rural and minority populations and improve their access to resources and services.

Agreed conclusions were adopted on the CSW57 priority theme, “the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls” on 15 March 2013. Here is the "advanced unedited" version of the agreed conclusions.

A Congregational Resource Packet to bring about God's intent for our world through awareness raising and action.

Ecumenical Women's Recommendations for the 57th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

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