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Women Peacemakers
Netsai Mushonga
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I grew up in the rural areas of Zimbabwe, being a fourth born in a family of six girls and two boys. What became apparent as I grew up...
When I was eight years old, I was required to work every waking hour yet the boys could be literally sleeping while I worked. There was so much waiting around to do for the men.
I decided to start a project aimed at gender violence in the church community. This decision was based on my perception that the church is the bastion and pillar of patriarchy and most of the churches do not question gender based violence. The head of the Catholic Church where I once worshipped preached that women who were abused should not come and seek comfort with the church.
The responses we got from the evaluations and follow up discussions to the workshops revealed that mindsets had changed in many cases after our work to raise awareness. The sessions we led were based on the bible which Christians use and believe in.
I believe that a culture of nonviolence gives us an alternative, a much better alternative to the hatred and destruction that violence brings with it. Nonviolence is also a way of life where men and women undertake not to harm or engage in violence themselves. They also undertake not to harm the enemy but to struggle nonviolently to win over the enemy. Nonviolence is not passivity.
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