“Africa – we want equality! Africa – we want liberty!”
This is the chorus of a song promoting women’s rights which was performed in an evangelical church in Uvira Territory in South Kivu last Sunday. This song and several others on the theme of women as agents for peace are part of a project conceived and executed by Kvinna till Kvinna’s partner organisation MIFA to promote women’s participation in councils of conflict participation in local churches.
MIFA (Ministère de Femmes en Action) is a community based organisation active in urban and rural areas in Uvira Terrirory.
The message of the project is transmitted not only through music, but also through training sessions for pastors, literacy training for women and awareness raising about the important role women have played in biblical history as peacemakers and role models.
“This project will be successful because it responds to a real need within the churches”, MIFA’s coordinator Dina Muhirwa Nagazura explains when we meet her in Bujumbura.
“There is a growing understanding among church leaders that women should be incorporated on equal footing with men on all levels on the organisations, not the least in the councils for conflict resolution. With a higher percentage of women in the councils, they will represent the population in a more adequate way and be of better use to the communities.”
Katarina Carlberg, field representative for Kvinna till Kvinna in DR Congo