Original article in WCC
As a Global Consultation on the Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women opened on 2 October, World Council of Churches (WCC) leaders offered words of encouragement and determination for the future.
The Decade reminds us how long the arc of progress is. “The long journey of the churches on this crucial issue of the inclusion and dignity of women in their life has given us a key measure of authenticity and accountability not only as churches but also as Christians, indeed as humans,… but it is not finished.” (Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit) The event, hosted by the Jamaica Council of Churches, was held in the context of the WCC’s 70th anniversary, its ongoing Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, and the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda. By the end of the gathering, participants shared a vision statement for moving towards a just community of women and men in church and society
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The campaign renews determination to strive for justice. The new plan is for a three-year intensive campaign, beginning with a focus on the Church’s commitment to gender justice and culminating with truly global and high-level commitment by the time of the 2020 UN benchmarking of progress towards the SDGs, and contributing to the WCC’s 11th Assembly in 2021. While the WCC should link and co-support movements and campaigns with similar goals (e.g. UN Women, 16 Days of Activism)