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The Christians Aware Annual Conference was held from January 12th -14th,
2018. It was called ‘Wings of a bird. Just Empowerment for Women and
Men.’ Our leaflet asked:
Broken or whole?
In our world men and women are like two wings of a bird. If one is unable
to function properly the bird is unable to fly and may even perish.’
When the Millennium Development Goals were completed in 2015, the two
goals which were the least fulfilled were goals three and five. Goal three was to
‘promote gender equality and to empower women.’ Goal five was to ‘improve
maternal health.’ Today women continue to represent 70% of the world’s poor.
Over 500,000 women continue to die annually in pregnancy or childbirth. 6 out
of 10 women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.
There are now 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the world has 15 more
years to bring them to fulfilment. Gender equality/justice is number 5 and will be
the focus for our conference. There is a long way to go and this goal is hard to
find out about and even harder to measure.
We had excellent speakers to help us to think, plan and act. Bishop Alistair
Redfern, Bishop of Derby, is chair of the Clewer Project. This project aims to
identify victims of modern slavery and to help to resource them for their
Sarah Kitakule spoke on gender issues and human rights in Africa. Sarah is
from Uganda and works at the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Terrie Robinson spoke on her work with men and women around the
Anglican Communion and ecumenically, towards all living to their full potential.
There was a good choice of seminar groups and a video on the work of Padare,
a Zimbabwe based movement of men and boys who are working for gender
equality. Geoff Weaver lead music and song and Garth Hewitt introduced a
We are grateful to Bishop John Flack for chairing the conference.
A flyer for a newly published book from Christisans Aware "Just Food:
Food and Farminbg for a Sustainable Future" can be viewed via the
Also two new Easter cards for 2018 are available from the office and can
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