Developing Effective Partnerships Between Faith and Secular Actors to Challenge Discriminatory Gender Norms and Secure Rural Women’s Rights

Co-hosted by: Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN in New York, the ACT Alliance, DanChuchAid and UNFPA in partnership with Christian Aid, Tearfund, ABAAD, the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, Norwegian Church Aid and World Vision.


What is the ‘harm’ in harmful traditional practices: a presentation of the findings from the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities- Gender-based Violence Learning Hub’s research

Dr Selina Palm – Researcher, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University,
South Africa
Working effectively with faith actors to challenge discriminatory gender norms and practices: sharing best practices

  • Barbara Kalima-Phiri – Gender and Inclusion Programme Lead, World Vision International
  • Kidist Belayneh – Head of Programmes, Norwegian Church Aid, Ethiopia
  • Irene Anena – Programme Officer, Church of Uganda
  • Reverend John Joseph Hayab – Faith Leader, Nigeria
  • Moderator: Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda – Founder & Chief Executive of Rozaria Memorial Trust & African Union Ambassador on Ending Child Marriage

Mapping the way forward: building strong partnerships between faith and secular international development actors to challenge discriminatory gender norms and practices

  • Dr Azza Karam – Senior Advisor on Culture and Social Development, UNFPA
  • Dionne Gravesande – Senior Ecumenical Relations Manager, Christian Aid
  • Anthony Keedi – Masculinities Technical Advisor, ABAAD, Lebanon
  • Diana Arango – Senior GBV and Development Specialist, World Bank Group and JLI GBV Hub Co-Chair
  • Moderator: Natalia Lester-Bush – JLI GBV Hub Secretariat Coordinator
    Including opening remarks from the Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations, H.E Ambassador Ib Petersen

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