Lyn @ General Assembly of the ‘All Africa Council of Churches’ in Maputo. 12/2008

Lyn attended the General Assembly of the ‘All Africa Council of Churches’ in Maputo as a guest of our partners, EHAIA, the Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa of the World Council of Churches.  Lyn attended a series of workshops on HIV and the church.  A very special dimension of these workshops was the participation of Christians living with both HIV and disabilities.  It was a humbling to share their experiences of ‘multiple stigma’- the stigma of being a woman, in some case a woman rejected and abused by her husband, the stigma of being HIV positive and also the stigma of living with disability in Africa.  

There were many other special moments during the Assembly – a special session focussing on Zimbabwe, workshops on Christianity and ecology; sessions on poverty and development and workshops on gender and religion amongst others. 

‘For me my participation in these unique events confirmed the need for an increased focus on advocacy in the work of CABSA.  I hope that our friends and partners will join us on this journey of exploring the different dimensions of advocacy within the church and also in the wider world in which we operate.

 
                       
The Translator during a group session     Dancing women at the launch of
the Gender Audit
 


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