Date/Time
Date(s) - 16/12/2019 - 19/12/2019
All Day

Location
UNON

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In Collaboration with the UN Task Force on Religion and Development

Overall Goal:
To develop the capacities of United Nations staff and partner faith-based organizations to capitalize on the intrinsic relationship between faith and religious beliefs and environmental sustainability.

  • Participants: UNEP divisions and regional offices and partners, including FBOs and academic partners/co-sponsors;
  • UNEP and the UN Task Force on Religion and Development co-leading this workshop;
  • Location: UNON-NAIROBI, Kenya;

The purpose of the ‘Faith for Earth’ workshop is to explore existing initiatives and potential ones. It will also consider the priority environmental issues that intersect with religious beliefs, the specific challenges faced in the implementation and best practices while addressing human rights and gender equality as cross-cutting concerns. The ‘Faith for Earth’ workshop will address issues related to advocacy, service delivery, programme design, implementation and evaluation. The main outcome is to enhance the ‘how to’ of dealing with, outreach to and partnering with faith-based organizations

Guiding Questions

  1. What are the linkages between faith and the environment?
  2. How do these interlinkages manifest in practical development endeavors at the intergovernmental as well as at field-levels?
  3. How can UNEP, UN, and faith-based organizations, together with other civil society entities, realize coherent policies and an enabling environment for environmental sustainability at all levels?

Read the concept note October 2019

 

 

On October 15, 2019, KAICIID and the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities hosted a webinar on Feminism, Religion and Interreligious Dialogue.

Lucy Gardner, JLI Gender-Based Violence Learning Hub Coordinator, moderated the webinar

Speakers:

Dr. Iman Bibars: Regional Director – Ashoka Arab World, Vice President – Ashoka Global

  • Presentation: Systems Change for Women Empowerment [6.06 -21.50]

Dr. Iman Bibars spoke on empowering women means ensuring women have the ability to choose and become independent, active citizens. However, as there are many systems of oppression working to prevent women’s’ ability to be independent, we must work at the system-level to effect lasting change. Systems-changing initiatives led from within can be effective in advancing women’s’ rights, especially within religious systems. Leveraging religious discourse is important to furthering gender equality, especially in Egypt. Several Ashoka fellows are working within religious systems to create new interpretations of religious teachings that are more compatible with gender equality and the current socioeconomic realities. Ashoka is working to highlight and support these fellows through our new global initiative WISE. Through WISE, we are also working to change the system of defining success in social impact from a gender perspective, and redefining what it means to scale an initiative, empowering women to communicate their successes in a more equitable way. In addition, WISE is working to clearly identify gender-specific challenges faced by women social entrepreneurs globally.

Fatima Saeed, Researcher and Development Practitioner, COFEM

  • Presentation: Who is COFEM [22:30 -36:25]

Fatima spoke on the creation and sustenance of feminist movements to improve gender equality and address GBV and their intersection with religious movements as well as the backlash to feminist movement building and the role that religious communities play in generating and countering the various forms of backlash. She drew on specific examples from the women’s movement in Pakistan to illustrate how feminists and religious groups have often been at odds with each throughout the country’s history.

On 16 October 2019, ED Fore met with leaders of faith-based organizations in Washington, D.C., to launch Faith and Positive Change for Children – a Global initiative on Social and Behaviour Change (FPCC), a partnership between UNICEF, Religions for Peace and the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities.

ED Fore launches the Faith and Positive Change for Children Global Initiative in Washington, D.C.

ED Fore launches the Faith and Positive Change for Children Global Initiative in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the initiative is to put into motion a new way of engaging with Faith leaders and local faith communities.

In his statement for the launch, Imam Mohamed Magid, Co-President, Religions for Peace expressed the privilege he felt working alongside UNICEF as a convening partner for the initiative. “Religions for Peace is the largest inter-faith network in the world and with its country presence and inter-religious councils in numerous countries we take this opportunity to publicly re-commit the support of RfP worldwide to the roll-out of the initiative,” he said.

The FPCC has spent two years generating rigorous evidence, including literature review, mapping of country level work, analysis of resource materials, case study documentation, and consultations with a global advisory group of over 15 global partner faith-based organizations. It is now positioned to further refine and validate its preliminary Theory of Change and comprehensive Principles Paper, both developed to guide more meaningful, equitable and sustainable ways of working with Faith actors towards positive change for children.

Last week, the first of a series of consultations, “Work Rocks” was convened in South Sudan, opened by the country’s Vice President and three Ministers. The series of four-day inter-faith gatherings are being organized in six focal countries in Africa by UNICEF’s Communication for Development Section in collaboration with Civil Society Partnerships (CSP) Unit, Division of Communication and global faith
partners.

“We are calling these kick-off gatherings ‘Work Rocks’ to purposefully seed the idea that this effort is about laying deeper and stronger foundations to ensure sustained partnerships for social and behaviour change from within faith communities,” explained Kerida McDonald, acting Chief of Communication for Development for UNICEF.

“Work Rock” foundational change meeting in
South Sudan with children from JCC Primary School

“The aim is to move away from top-down, message-focused, short-term, project mode, sector-siloed and instrumentalist-type engagement with religious leaders which has been characteristic of much of the well-intentioned efforts of country offices to leverage the power of religious leaders in addressing attitudinal and behavioural barriers to achieve programmatic goals.”

At the Global launch of the initiative, hosted by ED Fore, a core representative from the Advisory Group, Sunita Groth, Senior Program Manager of World Vision, lauded the initiative as a unique effort within UN and Development programming to build on lessons learned. “We acknowledge the powerful role that religion can play, for good or for ill,” she said. “We also have learned that we should not impose our own values and ‘development-speak’ on faith leaders and their faith communities.” Ms. Groth went on to stress the value of partnering faith and science to address the issues facing communities.

“We need to come together in true partnership and allow faith leaders to discover the barriers to the change they want to see for families and communities and how to influence these through their own religious texts, grounded in science, and facing the real-life reality of people in their communities,” she said.
Adding, “We have evidence that this type of approach works in influencing concrete change.”
A longitudinal study in Senegal showed 72 per cent of faith leaders and spouses were reported to have stopped hitting or insulting their children, while those believing that faith leaders who abuse children should not be punished dropped from 66 per cent to 15 per cent.

“This is the most important thing I’ve worked on in all my years of faith and development,” said Jean Duff, Executive Director of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities and UNICEF’s Knowledge partner for the initiative. “The initiative has unprecedented potential for providing a bridge of collaboration across multi-laterals, government and faith organizations; in breaking dependency mindsets through mind and heart dialogue grounded in assets of the community; by re-framing from training to learning, testing and doing; and for creating a strong mechanism for scaling up by joining action across three tiers – global, regional and country level.”

In her closing remarks, ED Fore encouraged partners to continue guiding UNICEF on how the organization needs to remodel its relationships with faith communities for benefit of children. “We count on you all to help us cement the true partnerships we are seeking in order to more effectively address the deep-rooted cultural, social and behavioural issues that undermine even the best efforts of our programmatic work,” she said. “It is fitting that we are staging this global launch of the FPCC initiative during the momentous year of the 30th anniversary of CRC…we take this opportunity to join hands with you today in recommitting our focus and energies to work together more closely and more effectively to ensure the rights and well-being of the world’s most vulnerable children.”

by Kerida McDonald, Senior Adviser Communication for Development

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October 7-11 – Juba, South Sudan

Local faith actors and religious leaders with UNICEF South Sudan, Religions for Peace and the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities launched the first country WorkRock of the Faith and Positive Change for Children Global Initiative on Social Behavior Change (FPCC). The partners gathered for five days to discuss and work for change for children. The opening ceremony on Monday included a welcome from Archbishop Arkangelo Wani Lemi, Chairperson of South Sudan Council of Churches and remarks from Sheikh Juma Saeed, Vice President James Wani Igga and Kerida McDonald, UNICEF Senior Advisor of Communication for Development.

Opening ceremony participants

Students from JCC Primary School with Religions Leaders, UNICEF and partners to launch the first Faith and Positive Change for Children WorkRock ©UNICEF South Sudan/2019/Bullen Chol

“Despite improvements in girls’ education, too many girls are still denied the opportunity to attend school. Lack of education is both a risk factor and a negative result of child marriage. Faith leaders and faith-based organizations are most centrally positioned to influence the ending of child marriage and therefore increasing girls’ education and their chances to fulfill their potential,”
Kerida McDonald, UNICEF’s Senior Advisor for Communication for Development

Children from JCC primary school in Juba performed a skit urging leaders to protect children in South Sudan.

“…I have a bright future inside me

only if you can listen to my cry

I am an African Child

I am a true South Sudanese Child

I am like a lost sheep in the bush without any shepherd to look after

Protect me from hunger

Protect me from sickness

Protect me from child labour…

I need your collective responsibilities all stakeholders

to protect and empower me to realise my dreams and aspirations

as an African South Sudanese child…”

 

Large group discussions during the WorkRock

Large group discussions during the WorkRock
photo credit: UNICEF/2019/ Sadik Raza

The remaining four days focused on a new way of working with UNICEF and local faith actors and religious leaders. Among attendance included religious leaders, faith actors, government UNICEF C4D officers from the three regions. The final day ended with the partners co-creating an action plan to work together within the regions.

The final day also marked the International Day of the Girl. The partners took a stand with girls in solidarity writing how they would support girls. ©UNICEF South Sudan/2019/Bullen Chol

The final day also marked the International Day of the Girl. The partners took a stand with girls in solidarity writing how they would support girls. ©UNICEF South Sudan/2019/Bullen Chol

The next steps will aim to have a core commitment from the government and to facilitate similar workrocks on regional and state levels. These commitments build on UNICEF and the World Food Programme’s recently signed joint memorandum of understanding with the South Sudan Council of Churches to collaborate for peace and child rights.

The FPCC will be further tested and adapted in consultations with UNICEF and local faith actors in Malawi, Liberia Niger, and Cameroon before the end of the year.

 

Video recap of the South Sudan FPCC WorkRock

 

View the UNICEF South Sudan report on the WorkRock

 

 

Date/Time
Date(s) - 22/10/2019
9:30 am - 11:30 am

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Únese a las Presidentes del Centro de Aprendizaje sobre Violencia contra la Niñez, Dra. Carola Eyber (Universidad Queen Margaret, y co-Presidenta académica) y Rebeca Rios-Kohn (Arigatou International y co-presidenta), para conocer el estudio y las lecciones aprendidas.

9:30-11:30 NY; 14:30-16:30 UK

Date/Time
Date(s) - 15/10/2019
9:00 am - 10:00 am

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Join KAICIID and the JLI co-hosted webinar on interreligious dialogue and feminism


Hear from two guest speakers Dr. Iman Bibars and Kaneez Fatima Saeed at COFEM.

Dr. Iman Bibars will speak on empowering women means ensuring women have the ability to choose and become independent, active citizens. However, as there are many systems of oppression working to prevent women’s’ ability to be independent, we must work at the system-level to effect lasting change. Systems-changing initiatives led from within can be effective in advancing women’s’ rights, especially within religious systems. Leveraging religious discourse is important to furthering gender equality, especially in Egypt. Several Ashoka fellows are working within religious systems to create new interpretations of religious teachings that are more compatible with gender equality and the current socioeconomic realities. Ashoka is working to highlight and support these fellows through our new global initiative WISE. Through WISE, we are also working to change the system of defining success in social impact from a gender perspective, and redefining what it means to scale an initiative, empowering women to communicate their successes in a more equitable way. In addition, WISE is working to clearly identify gender-specific challenges faced by women social entrepreneurs globally.

Fatima will be speaking on the creation and sustenance of feminist movements to improve gender equality and address GBV and their intersection with religious movements as well as the backlash to feminist movement building and the role that religious communities play in generating and countering the various forms of backlash. I will draw on specific examples from the women’s movement in Pakistan to illustrate how feminists and religious groups have often been at odds with each through out the country’s history.

 

View the Webinar Recording: 

Feminism, Religion and Interreligious Dialogue Webinar October 15, 2019

Guest speaker bios

Dr Iman Bibars

A visionary for social entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment, Iman Bibars is the Vice President and Global Diaspora Leader of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and the Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World.

With her direction, Ashoka Arab World has expanded to 11 countries in the MENA region, identifying and supporting more than 100 leading social entrepreneurs.

Dr. Bibars co-founded Egypt’s first microfinance organization, the Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW), which supports impoverished female heads of household. With an international career spanning from UNICEF to the World Bank, she is a renowned social development expert, a sought-after trainer and consultant, and the author of several books.

Dr. Bibars holds a PhD in Development Studies from Sussex University and a BA and MA in Political Science from The American University in Cairo. She was a Peace Fellow at Georgetown University and a Parvin Fellow at Princeton University.

 

Kaneez Fatima Saeed

COFEM is a global community of feminist activists who have come together to support learning and advocacy around women-centered approaches to addressing violence against women and girls. COFEM’s main focus is ensuring a feminist perspective and approaches in work to end violence against women and girls, and addressing issues of accountability to women and girls in work with men and boys to eradicate this violence. Since its inception in 2017, COFEM has been at the forefront of conversations aimed at promoting learning around feminist-informed efforts to address violence against women and girls.

Fatima is an activist, researcher and development practitioner from Pakistan. An ardent supporter of the women’s rights movement in South Asia, she has advocated extensively for the reform of laws and policies discriminating against women and children. Her efforts led to the establishment of a Gender and Child Cell at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Government of Punjab, Pakistan and the first ever mechanism for registration of home based women workers in Punjab, Pakistan. At present, she is helping the Center for Reproductive Rights expand the fight for reproductive justice in South Asia and Africa. She is a member of COFEM on whose behalf she advocates for feminist informed approaches to ending violence against women.

She is a graduate of Columbia University and the London School of Economics. In her spare time, she satisfies her sweet tooth while gorging on feminist literature and brainstorming ways to smash the patriarchy.

Date/Time
Date(s) - 07/10/2019
9:00 am - 10:00 am

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Green Faith is hosting Climate Strike follow-up Webinars on September 30, 2019 at 5 pm PDT/ 8pm EDT and October 7 at 9am PDT/ 12pm EDT

On Friday, September 20, 2019, millions of people of faith around the world went on strike with millions of others, and the youth led the way.

Over 4,000 people of faith signed our letter in support of the strike, including over 60 high-level leaders from all faith traditions. The letter was signed by the office of the Vatican, Rev. Traci Blackmon of the United Church of Christ, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and many more.

But our work is just beginning. We and our partners are hosting two webinars to map the road forward.

The webinars will feature faith and youth leaders from across the globe, and together we will:

    • Share stories of people of faith taking to the streets across the world.
    • Set action steps to continue organizing as people of faith for climate justice.
    • Learn how to continue to grow your leadership as a person of faith for climate justice.

Please register for the Monday, October 7 Webinar here

 

Date/Time
Date(s) - 30/09/2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Green Faith is hosting Climate Strike follow-up Webinars on September 30, 2019 at 5 pm PDT/ 8pm EDT and October 7 at 9am PDT/ 12pm EDT

On Friday, September 20, 2019, millions of people of faith around the world went on strike with millions of others, and the youth led the way.

Over 4,000 people of faith signed our letter in support of the strike, including over 60 high-level leaders from all faith traditions. The letter was signed by the office of the Vatican, Rev. Traci Blackmon of the United Church of Christ, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and many more.

But the work is just beginning. Green Faith is hosting two webinars to map the road forward.

The webinars will feature faith and youth leaders from across the globe, and together we will:

    • Share stories of people of faith taking to the streets across the world.
    • Set action steps to continue organizing as people of faith for climate justice.
    • Learn how to continue to grow your leadership as a person of faith for climate justice.

Please register for the Monday, September 30 Webinar here

Date/Time
Date(s) - 30/09/2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Monday, 30th of September, at 2 pm CET, the WEASC, together with WCC and Bread for the World, hosts a webinar on the occasion of the Season of the Creation – How Churches can Really Engage in Creation Care.
Speakers:
  • Rev. Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Dietrich Werner, Advisor on theological questions and expert in eco-theology, Bread for the World
  • Rev. Ed Brown, Creation Care Catalyst, Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network
  • Ms Athena Peralta, Programme Executive for Economic and Ecological Justice, World Council of Churches
  • Dr. Ruth Valerio, Director Advocacy and Influencing, Tearfund
  • Matthias Boehning, Director, WEA Sustainability Center
Please register at [email protected] to receive login details

CWFL Online Fellowship Call for Applications

The new CWFL Online Fellowship will extend the reach of its flagship fellowship program to women of faith who are unable to participate in person. The CWFL Online Fellowship is open to all women of faith seeking to strengthen sustainable leadership as they work on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized communities.

The fellowship will consist of ten modules with topics such as planning for leadership; overcoming challenges to leadership; ensuring sustainable leadership through holistic self-care; negotiating conflicts; building effective mentorships and networks; setting yourself up for success through prayerful strategic planning; and building philanthropic partnerships to support your work.

Email [email protected] for more information or questions

 

Apply at the CWFL Fellowship Website