• In the face of intolerance and violence, faith groups step up their game

    Most religions provide people with values such as empathy, love for strangers, forgiveness, offering moral warrants and normative symbols for understanding and respect for cultural and religious diversity. For example, Christians and Muslims share concepts such as peace/salam, forgiveness/afu, compassion/rahmah and human beings in the eyes of God/fitrah. Yet, according to Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project, between 23% and 30% of Tanzanians, Egyptians, Kenyans and Ugandans are “very concerned” about extremist religious groups in their country. A review of global metrics on pluralism shows downward trends in the region. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance notes high levels of social exclusion. Transformation Index BTI deplores high conflict intensities. The Fragile States Index notes a high intensity of factionalized elites and group grievances in Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. Faith to Action Network members have extensive experience in promoting interfaith and intercultural understanding. Rev. Canon Grace Kaiso - Chairman of Faith to Action Network and General Secretary of Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa – calls on faith organisations to raise their efforts: “Faith organisations need to leverage their political and social influence to promote cultural diversity and respect for equal dignity of all men and women”. Al-Azhar and the Coptic church have founded ‘Bayt al-Eila’ to promote inter-faith dialogue in Egypt. The Imam-Priest Exchange is one of its most dynamic projects. To date 840 imams and priests have participated in interfaith lectures, sessions, discussions, trainings and visits to churches, mosques, monasteries, hospitals, schools and other projects. In a recent event Bishop Mouneer encourages young people to work together positively to develop Egypt: “Don’t curse the dark but learn how to lighten a candle”. Anglican churches in Central and Eastern Africa, including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan run football for peace events targeting 3,000 young people on average. These are interfaith fora organizing peaceful sports competitions, offering life skills training and conflict analysis. In the last sports event in Mbeere, youth identified instruments of violence, buried them and made declarations to uphold peaceful co-existence. From 2018, Faith to Action Network will roll out a pluralism initiative in collaboration with Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa, African Council of Religious leaders and All Africa Conferences of Churches to support such efforts. The programme will: Support 16 local, rights-based interventions to promote interfaith & intercultural understanding and counter youth radicalization. Generate knowledge on effective interfaith and intercultural dialogues and approaches. Promote pluralist discourses, practices and tools amongst religious and cultural leaders, youth leaders and women leaders. Improve the capacity of religious, cultural, youth and women leaders to scale up interventions for intercultural understanding, interfaith cooperation & countering youth radicalization in their institutions. Easter celebrates the passing of Jesus from death to life.  Passover commemorates the crossing of the people of God from slavery to freedom. Across the world, on different occasions, diverse faith groups recall that life, reconciliation, justice and peace will prevail. In the coming years, Faith to Action Network will work with passionate faith groups to upscale their efforts and come closer to this vision.


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  • Faith to Action Network studies show: Faith, religion and men are key drivers of gender equality

    As the Hindu Brothers and Sisters celebrate their New Year on 18th March 2018, Faith to Action Network wishes them Peace and Prosperity. On this occasion, we remember the cherished place of women in society while promoting gender equality. We appreciate the fact that many Hindu scriptures say women are to be honored, “religious deeds are said to be useless if women are not honored and cherished” (Pinkham 190) . Faith to Action Network’s 2017 study on faith-based responses to sexual and reproductive health and rights in India highlights women’s challenges in accessing basic health facilities. It identifies the huge benefits empowered women can bring to society. A similar study conducted the same year in Indonesia identified similar challenges. Both studies reach similar conclusions on the value of faith and religion in promoting gender equality as well as the importance of men in realizing women empowerment and gender equality. In achieving gender equality and women’s rights, Faith to Action Network encourages development stakeholders to pay attention to faith and religion, and to consider men’s key role. Wishing our Hindu brothers and sisters Happy New Year! Download India study Download Indonesia study


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  • Faith actors’ voice for family planning: taking stock of achievements ahead of ICFP 2018

    (13 March 2018) – Since 2016, faith actors across the world have made impressive progress in promoting family planning, through advocacy, awareness creation and service delivery. In preparation of the fifth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) scheduled for…


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  • Call for Proposals: Promoting cultural diversity and respect for equal dignity of all men and women

      Announcement – Call for Proposals Faith to Action Network, Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa, African Council of Religious Leaders – Religions for Peace and All African Conference of Churches call…


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  • Celebrating International Women’s Day: Faith actors campaign for gender equality in Africa #RightByHer

    Together, faith actors are stronger in identifying and addressing injustices, raising awareness on, advocating and campaigning for women rights and gender equality. The African Union recognizes gender equality as a fundamental human right and an integral part of regional…


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  • Provide public health insurance, Faith groups tell EAC States

    Kampala, Uganda (21 February 2018) – Faith and Cultural groups in East Africa want the Partner States to make national health insurance schemes widely accessible to their citizens. Led by Bishop Stephen Kaziimba and Sheikh Mohammad Waisswa, the leaders made these recommendations during the…


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  • Maintaining Momentum: Webinar on ICFP 2018 Faith Community Involvement

    The faith community has realized impressive achievements in promoting family planning services and information since it met at the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP). Please, join Faith to Action Network and Christian Connections for…


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  • Toward Prosperity: The Role of Women and Men in Building a Flourishing World Civilization

    Solomon Belay Faris (PhD) speaks about the equality of women and men from Baha’i perspective to leaders of diverse faiths during consultations on the AU Gender Empowerment Strategy and Induction to the State of…


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  • On The 2017 International Day Of The Girl Child, Girls Not Brides Ghana Calls For Greater Efforts To End Child Marriage

    As the world marks the 2017 International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October under the theme “empowering girls: before, during and after crisis”, Girls Not Brides Ghana is calling for the government to step up investments…


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  • CALL FOR FAITH INPUTS to 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR)

    CALL FOR FAITH INPUTS to 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) An independent group of scientists (IGS), supported by a task team of six UN-system agencies is receiving inputs to the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). The report is mandated by the United Nations’ Member…


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