Advocate Thuli Madonsela to Headline Christian Conference on the Bible and Gender Based Violence

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South Africa’s public protector, Thuli Madonsela, to kick off Christians for Biblical Equality’s conference, “Truth be Told: Speaking Out Against Gender Based Violence” September 14, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In 2014, advocate Dr. Thuli Madonsela was featured in Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people. This year, Madonsela, South Africa’s public protector, will open Christians for Biblical Equality’s (CBE) international conference,“Truth be Told: Speaking Out Against Gender Based Violence” to be held September 14–17, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Madonsela is a leader in social justice advocacy, and was part of the team that helped draft South Africa’s final constitution. “She has built a reputation for rooting out corruption and working for reform to protect the vulnerable and create a society characterized by equality. We are proud to have Madonsela open our Johannesburg conference” said CBE’s conference coordinator, Priscilla Her.

According to CBE’s president, Dr. Mimi Haddad, Madonsela’s presence at the CBE conference is an indication that world leaders are recognizing how the church’s teachings on gender are critical to efforts to end violence against women and girls, and ultimately, to creating fair and just societies.

“In 2015, CBE was invited to The Carter Center, where I met with religious, political, and NGO leaders from around the world. Many recognized that without CBE’s work—promoting the full equality between women and men as the Bible’s ideal—aid and development efforts will be crippled” said Haddad. “Too often, the church’s teachings on gender stem from a patriarchal worldview. We aim to correct that misunderstanding. In doing so, we believe we are faithful to God’s Word and help realize God’s vision of justice in the world. We are thrilled to have Thuli Madonsela stand alongside CBE in this critically important work.”

Madonsela will speak on September 14, 2016, the opening night of CBE’s conference. The conference will be held at Rhema Bible Church in Johannesburg, South Africa and features speakers from throughout South Africa and around the world. Over 2,000 attendees are expected.

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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