Gender Violence

Youth Meeting 2018

Youth Meeting 2018

Youth under the age of 30 make up some 70% of the population in Southern Africa and face many challenges related to education, unemployment, gender justice, health and climate change.  So, are youth pessimistic or optimistic, afraid or hopeful about the future? 

Seven young adults representing several member churches of the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA) met recently at Outlook Lodge at the Lutheran center in Bonaero Park, Johannesburg to start planning for an all LUCSA youth conference in 2019. (LUCSA, with 15 member churches across ten countries in Southern Africa, is a sub-regional expression of the Lutheran World Federation)

The youth unanimously and energetically agreed to work with the Lutheran World Federation theme for 2019-2024 “With passion for the Church and the World.”  

The committee worked on a draft programme that will include reports on youth activities from member churches, as well as Bible studies, presentations and discussions.  The conference will focus on what it means to be “Young Reformers” promoting revival in the church, Lutheran identity, diakonia, gender justice and care for creation.  The LUCSA INFOHUT program which teaches computer skills and life skills including information about HIV & AIDS will be a key part of the programme.  

LUCSA member churches will be invited to send two active youth representatives, a young man and a young woman, to participate in the conference.  Invitations will also be extended to the LWF Youth Desk in Geneva and to a Lutheran youth representative from the Lutheran Communion in Central and East Africa (LUCCEA) and the Lutheran Communion in West Africa (LUCWA). 

The LUCSA youth are enthusiastic and committed to establishing a Youth Desk in the Communion Office and to building strong relationships between youth in the member churches and making a lasting difference in their respective churches and in the region. 

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Lutheran Action Against Gender Based Violence

Lutheran Action Against Gender Based Violence

Gender Based Violence is a human rights violation and a form of discrimination against another person on the basic of gender. the prevalence of GBV in South Africa reflects the high level of inequality between women and men in society.

Gender Based Violence hurts children, men, women and families by creating a culture of fear and mistrust that leads to lack of intimacy and safety with familial and intimate relationships. Through prevention efforts aimed at changing attitudes and behaviours perpetuating GBV, homes and communities can become safer places for everyone.

The biblical call to uphold justice is at the very heart of the self understanding of the Church. The Church is not immune to the scourge and the challenge of GBV. The Church can play a major role in shaping societal norms and behaviour and can contribute positively towards ending GBV in society.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA) with her members in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho and Botswana, commits herself to advocate, stand in solidarity empower, reduce, respond and prevent Gender Based Violence.

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Mentorship for mainstreaming HIV and AIDS, TB, Gender and Development Principles

Mentorship for mainstreaming HIV and AIDS, TB, Gender and Development Principles

Date: 3-7 February 2014
Program: HIV and AIDS
Report by Ms Busi Dube

In her continued efforts to enhance the capacity of member churches to respond in a relevant effective, efficient and sustainable manner to the HIV and AIDS epidemic, and following the consultation that was held in October 2013, the LUCSA HIV and AIDS Programme conducted the second consultation on mainstreaming HIV and AIDS, TB Gender and Developing Principles in ELCSA-SED. Mainstreaming is a process that addresses the underlying cause and effects of HIV and AIDS.ELCSA-SED is situated in the province of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. According to the Health Sciences Research Council of South Africa report of June 2013, HIV prevalence in South Africa is 12.3% however KwaZulu Natal had the highest prevalence of 26.6%in the 15-49year age group.

In this light relevant and appropriate interventions are of paramount importance. 21 participants inclusive of Deans, Pastors, League Directors and circuit Health and wellness programme coordinators attended the four day mentorship exercise, which was held at Umphumulo church centre.

HIV and AIDS activities are included in the Health and Wellness programme

The objectives of the mentorship:

  • To identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats using the baseline survey results.
  • To revisit the mainstreaming review and amend the leagues’ syllabi to include mainstreaming HIV and AIDS, TB, Gender and Development Principles.
  • To identify the work place HIV and AIDS programme\ wellness programme focal person or make recommendations on the issue.
  • Review the ELCSA HIV and AIDS policy and ELCSA-SED HIV and AIDS strategy plan with a view to recommending amendments on mainstreaming.
  •   Planning the way forward for rolling out mainstreaming.

The outputs from the workshop are as follows:

  • The mainstreaming Roll out activity plan was drawn based on the current ELCSA-SED strategic plan the ends in 2017.
  • Recommendations for the amendments of the HIV and AIDS policy to include the workshop policy and mainstreaming.
  • Recommendations for a workplace Health and wellness programme that includes HIV and AIDS.
  • Amended curricula for three leagues including, men’s league, women’s league and Christian Education (Sunday School).

All there will be taken to the Diocesan Council if they have been included in the minutes. The LUCSA HIV and AIDS programme personnel will follow up progress on mainstreaming in the ELCSA-SED church telephonically until October 2014 when the next consultation has been scheduled.

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