Date(s) - 08/02/2018
9:00 am


‘Working effectively with faith leaders to challenge harmful traditional practices’

Date: Thursday, Feb 8 at 9am ET  (2pm GMT)

Traditional cultural practices reflect values and beliefs held by members of a community for periods often spanning generations. Every social grouping in the world has specific traditional cultural practices and beliefs, some of which are beneficial to all members, while others are harmful to a specific group, such as women.

In 2017, the JLI Gender-based Violence Hub (GBV Hub) led a Department for International Development supported project ‘Working effectively with faith leaders to challenge harmful traditional practices (HTP)’.

Join the research team Elisabet le Roux (Stellenbosch) and Brenda Bartelink (University of Groningen) to discuss the study results.

Discussion led by  JLI GBV Hub co-chair Liz Dartnall (Sexual Violence Research Institute) with Hub coordinator Natalia Lester-Bush (Tearfund) in response to study findings and next steps for the hub


About the Speakers:

Dr Elisabet le Roux is the Research Director at the Unit for Religion and Development Research (URDR), an interdisciplinary research unit at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She is a faith and development expert, with a particular focus on sexual and gender-based violence. Having conducted research in countries across the world, her work includes the study of faith community responses to developmental issues in conflict-affected settings, patriarchy within faith communities, and interfaith peace and conflict.

Dr Brenda Bartelink is an anthropologist and scholar in the Academic Study of Religion at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She is specialized in religion and development, health and well being and gender and sexuality. As a former advisor and coordinator of the Knowledge Centre Religion and Development and a convener of the research cluster Religion and Development at the Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalisation, she cross-cuts the worlds of civil society, policy and research.

Learn More about the GBV Hub HTP Study