Welcome To AACC-CETA

We are the largest association of Protestant, Orthodox and Indigenous churches in Africa.

Membership

The AACC fellowship accounts for over 120 million Christians across the continent.

Programmes

Our programmes are diverse equiping members in Good Governance and Democratic Transitions, Migration and Human Trafficking, Interfaith Dialogue among others.

INTERFAITH DIALOGUE ON VIOLENT EXTREMISM (IDOVE) YOUTH FORUM

The first Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism (IDOVE) Youth Forum was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from February 21 to 23, 2017. The forum was organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) and the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC). 

The participants were drawn from Africa (Algeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria,  Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and Europe (Austria, Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and United Kingdom). There was a total of 40 youth from over 32 countries in Africa and Europe who have demonstrated leadership in the field of Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) in their respective societies.

The Youth Forum is part of a bigger project called “the Trans-continental Dialogue Programme on Preventing Violent Extremism through the Soft Power of Religion” aimed at creating a transcontinental platform that will bring together stakeholders from Africa and Europe to deliberate and come up with contemporary recommendations and activities on how to counter violent extremism. 

The rationale behind this initiative was to establish a counter movement which emphasizes:

  • •Peaceful and educational messages, touching upon contentious religious matters; 
  • •The root causes emanating from different countries, regions or continents, i.e. on development and socio-political issues. 

The objectives of the Forum were as below:

  1. 1.To develop strategic directions for the iDove project based on principles and methods of interfaith dialogue on preventing violent extremism and de-radicalization.
  2. 2.To develop suitable concepts and applications for the iDove website which will be launched at the Forum.
  3. 3.To develop concepts and mechanisms to support small-scale youth-run projects to be implemented in Africa and Europe within the project objectives.
  4. 4.To design plans for a monitoring and evaluation system to monitor the implementation of those small-scale projects and for follow up meetings annually.

The outcomes are:

  1. 1.Launch of the iDove website where participants can showcase their programs, activities, share articles, pictures and videos on their work in Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE).
  2. 2.Building of an intercontinental network known as iDove Network.
  3. 3.Networking through social media channels i.e. WhatsApp group (iDovers) Facebook (https://m.facebook.com/iDove00) and Twitter(@idove)
  4. 4.Empowerment of Youth through the development of a framework for the iDove small scale initiatives i.e. communication and virtual Initiatives and innovative community based initiatives.
  5. 5.Launch of youth run projects and training of respective stakeholders.

CELEBRATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AT AACC

The Theology, Family Life and Gender Justice Department, under the leadership of the Director, Rev. Dr. Lydia Mwaniki, organized the celebration of the International Women’s Day at the AACC Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, on 8th March 2017. The General Secretary was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Bright Mawudor.

The staff of the AACC were joined by women leaders from AACC member churches and representatives from partner organizations and other religious bodies, such as the Fellowship of Christian Councils and churches in the Great Lakes and the Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA), Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), the Interreligious Council of Kenya, the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM), the National Muslim Leaders Forum (NAMLEF), the World Christian Student Federation (WSCF), the Catholic Women Network, the Women of Faith Network, ARIGATOU International, etc. and some scholars and students from the Catholic University of East Africa studying Law and Gender Justice.

The celebration consisted of a devotion and a talk on the theme of the day: “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. During the devotion, participants asked for forgiveness for where they have not played their part as individuals and as communities to promote women. They also thanked God for his blessings and interceded for drought stricken populations and people suffering from floods.

The Guest Speaker was Ms. Jebbeh Forster, the Peace, Security, Leadership and Governance Advisor at UN Women. She shared from her rich personal experience and her work on Gender issues and mentoring of the youth. Key highlights of her presentation focused on elimination of discrimination in education, decent work and economic empowerment of women, equality in laws and benefits, recognition of unpaid work done by women, empowerment of women in agri-business, promotion of support mechanism of preventing sexual harassment of women in the work place and violence against women.

She urged all stakeholders, especially religious bodies, to work on changing the mindsets through an Action Plan, and set targets for women empowerment and gender equality in order to achieve SDG Goal 8, on decent work and economic empowerment, which aims at “promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. She also referred to seven (7) principles, which are used by UN Women to encourage the world in that regard.

These are:

  1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality;
  2. Treat all women and men fairly at work—respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination;
  3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers;
  4. Promote education, training and professional development for women;
  5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women;
  6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy;
  7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.

Valletta, 9 February 2017 - Fifteen months after the launch of the Joint Valletta Action Plan (link is external), European and African civil society organizations attended the Senior Official Meeting (link is external) that took place on 8-9 February in Malta.
This invitation demonstrated awareness by all African and European delegations about the necessity to have an inclusive process in order to seek dignified and realistic solutions for the victims of irregular migration. What is needed now is to initiate a true working relationship where the hardships endured by migrants are channeled through civil society organizations and taken into account in policy discussions.

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All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC-CETA)

General Secretariat: Waiyaki Way.
P.O. Box 14205-00800 Westlands,
Nairobi, Kenya.

Tel: +254 20 4441483, 4441338/9
Fax: +254 20 4443241, 4445835
Email: secretariat@aacc-ceta.org

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