Christians for Biblical Equality contributes to The Carter Center’s efforts to end violence against women

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Dr. Mimi Haddad, president of Christians for Biblical Equality, joins other world leaders to develop recommendations and guidelines for world leaders seeking to minimize gender-based violence.

February 7-10, 2015, Dr. Mimi Haddad, president of Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) participated in The Carter Center’s 2015 Human Rights Defenders Forum. During and after the forum, Haddad participated in developing recommendations to help world leaders predict and prevent gender-based violence as they deal with local, national, and international crises.

The recommendations center on the importance of involving women in all levels of policy-making: analysis, strategy development, and implementation. Haddad explained that “Women are the first to know and experience the violence of extremist regimes: they are the first victims and the first responders.” Yet, their voices and experiences are often dismissed, to the detriment of the peace and thriving of their communities. “Without the full inclusion of women,” Haddad noted, “efforts to end gender-based violence are rarely successful.”

The Carter Center’s recommendations for the full inclusion of women in national and international policy-making echo CBE’s ongoing efforts to encourage inclusive leadership in religious communities in the United States and abroad. “CBE’s founders recognized that the inclusion of women in all levels of leadership is vital to creating safe and flourishing communities,” said Haddad. “Almost thirty years later, world leaders are acknowledging that this strategy is not optional if we are to alleviate abuse, violence, and poverty.”

The Carter Center’s 2015 Human Rights Defenders Forum was held February 7–10 at The Carter Center in Atlanta, GA. CBE joined religious leaders and humanitarians at the forum, which was focused on developing inclusive leadership and addressing gender-based violence in communities around the world.

In its effort to advance a biblical foundation for gift-based rather than gender-based ministry and service, CBE sponsors annual conferences, facilitates local chapters, hosts an online bookstore, and publishes two award-winning journals. For more information, visit http://www.cbeinternational.org.

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