From 27th to 31st August 2017, UEM Africa Region conducted its Joint Program entitled “Female Pastor’s Workshop” in Dar es Salaam. Seventeen female pastors from UEM member churches including: CBCA, CDCC, CADELU, EAR, EPR, ECD, NWD, KAD, NED, ELCB, RCSA.
The aim of this meeting was to bring female pastors together so that they may share their experiences of successful stories and challenges faced in their pastoral ministry. Through this sharing, it was realized that women pastors’ leaderships are questioned and not accepted easily in their communities due to gender biases and cultural influences which question women power. On the other hand, women pastors are only accepted due to their performances.
The following topics were discussed. Women and the church: Challenging gender prejudice amongst female pastors, Gender Equality: A question of culture and Gender based Violence. The facilitators emphasized that gender is a social construction which has to do with social-relationship of women and men and how they relate to each other. It was mentioned that gender construction creates problem because it does not distribute power equally between men and women. Therefore, gender construction should be deconstruct in order to build just societies.
In conclusion, participants recommended the following:
Presented by Rev. Dr Nagaju Muke the Deputy Executive of UEM Africa Region