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Engaging religious leaders

In this short video, Sonke Gender Justice explains why they work with religious leaders to transform GBV
VUSI CEBEKHULU: What we did, firstly, was to engage the faith leaders, and the traditional leaders, but not only just to allow them giving us permission to access their communities. But we wanted them to be the leaders of the struggles, because we believe that– I’m just an ordinary man; I’m an activist– but I think a word from the pastor, a word from the priest, a word from the chief– it’s so powerful. So if you involve them, and to train them, capacitate them with information, and make sure that they are comfortable, and their attitude, as well, and their behaviour has changed, you are guaranteed that they will be able to disseminate the information to their communities. So that’s how we work.
But at the same time, we still continue making sure that this gospel, it doesn’t try to go away from their minds. But at the same time, they also walk the talk.

In this short video, Vusi Cebekhulu, Activist and Training Coordinator at Sonke Gender Justice in South Africa, explains why they work with religious leaders to challenge and transform gender inequality and gender based violence. This clip serves as an introduction to the assignment in the next step.

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