Attitudes towards women in leadership structures in the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe

Authors

  • HJ Hendriks
  • R Rutoro

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17570/ngtt.2008.v49n1.a04

Keywords:

Gender, Vroue in leierskap, Vrouediens, Women in leadership, Women’s Guild, Zimbabwe

Abstract

This article deals with the struggle for women to be included in the policy-making structures of the Reformed Church of Zimbabwe (RCZ). It describes the empirical research, carried out between 2001 and 2003, to fathom the views and attitudes of both men and women on the issue of women in church leadership. The answers received in the interviews were analysed and discussed. As such, arguments presented re cultural, biblical and church tradition came to the fore, as well as related customs in the Shona culture that dehumanize women. This research, amongst others, eventually led to policy changes.

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Published

2008-06-30

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Articles • Artikels