Gender based violence (GBV) and Child abuse during COVID 19 Pandemic: Response of the church in Africa

AACC ZOOM MEETING ON 19TH MAY, 2020, 13:00 hrs-14:30 hrs East African Time
  1. Welcome
Greetings to you all. On behalf of the AACC GS Dr. Fidon Mwombeki who will be speaking to us a little later, I welcome you to this zoom meeting and are grateful to each one of you for availing yourselves to participate under this difficult time of quarantine due to Covid-19 Pandemic.
  1. Purpose-Rev. Dr. Lydia Mwaniki –Director for Gender, Women and Youth-AACC (3min)
This meeting has been necessitated by the gendered dimension of Covid-19 pandemic, where, although women, men, youth and children are being affected in different ways, as a result of gender norms which escalate gender inequalities, women have been affected disproportionately. There is for example increase in GBV globally in form of domestic violence as has recently been announced by UN Secretary General and various media houses.
Besides, child sexual abuse is on the rise in the quarantine period
In this meeting we are asking ourselves;
What is happening in different regions in Africa, and what intervention measures has the church in Africa put in place to address the risk?
We have invited 5 speakers from each of the regions of the AACC Constituency-
  • East Africa
  • North Africa
  • West Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • Central Africa
Each speaker will talk about:
  • The gender-related experiences including experiences of women, children, widows and the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 Pandemic in their church/region
  • Ways in which the church and in particular the gender program is responding, to ensure COVID-19 responses tackle gender inequalities and child safety.
The aim is to share best practices in addressing the challenges including the escalating forms of GBV and child abuse, in order to ensure that gender justice is maintained even in such circumstances posed by the pandemic. 
It is hoped that:
  • These stories will inform intervention measures not only by AACC and member churches, but also by families, governments and other stakeholders
  • It is also hoped that through this sharing church leaders, especially those in charge of gender and children’s programs, will be informed about some of the interventions that are already working elsewhere, and which might work for them as well.
About the Program
With regard to the program, we shall have:
  1. Introductions
  2. Opening remarks by the AACC General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Fidon Mwombeki who is also the Faith Gender Champion in Afric
  3. Presentation from the first 3 Speakers followed by a time of interaction-This session will be moderated by Dr. Bukelwa Hans (Uniting Presbyterian Church of South Afric
  4. Presentation from the second bunch of 2 speakers followed by a time of interaction-this session will be moderated by Rev. Dr. Nagaju Muke, Lecturer, Protestant University of Rwanda (PIASS), Rwanda
  5. Way forward-I will facilitate this session
  6. Closing prayers-Rev. Dr. Rachel Lateju-Nigeria Baptist Union