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Kenya: Workshop - stopping sexual violence in Africa

Through contextual Bible studies, the workshop is intended to develop practical and pastoral responses towards safety, justice and healing.
The five-day workshop will bring together about 40 theological educators and women in church ministry from various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and will run from 23 February - 1 March 2005.

To empower sexually abused women and silent churches to speak out and to end violence against women and children is the main aim of the "Tamar campaign workshop" organized by the World Council of Churches in collaboration with St Paul's United Theological College, Limuru, Kenya, and the Fellowship of Churches and Councils of Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA).

The "Tamar campaign", outlining the bigger framework of the workshop, is a project of the Institute for the study of the Bible at KwaZuluNatal University, South Africa. The institute promotes contextual Bible study as a way of developing biblical, theological and ethical resources for restoring dignity and wellbeing to the sufferers of sexual violence and their families. The campaign is based on the story of incest and rape of Tamar by her half-brother (2 Samuel 13).

For further information, please visit: www.wcc-coe.org

Culturally Justified Violence Against Women