The workshop was held to encourage the churches to take the lead in advocating against Gender Based Violence in families and communities.
Church and Faith leaders are seen as the most influential members of communities, their beliefs and values can inspire people and encourage the whole community to care for one another. During the workshop church leaders were urged to take responsibility and collective actions over issues of concern such as domestic violence and child abuse.
In addressing issues of gender based violence in the Solomon Islands, World Vision is using the “Channels of Hope” approach which involves working with church leaders to improve their capabilities for working with their church groups to address and reduce Gender Base Violence in their communities.
The Channels of Hope model equips faith and community leaders to individually and collectively respond to core issues that compromise the well-being of children, their families and communities.
“This workshop is very interesting and a real eye opener for most of us church leaders and I’m happy that all our Anglican Bishops have also attended this training because our Mission is to look after the victims of Domestic Violence,” says Archbishop David Vunagi. “That’s why we have the Christian Care Centre.”
The Archbishop further reiterated that the Church alone cannot do this but needs support from the Government to fight these issues and thanked World Vision for such partnerships with faith leaders which is a step towards positive social transformation.
The same workshop will also be conducted soon for other church leaders as well including Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) and Catholic Church leaders.
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