ማስታወቂያ: Project dldl/ድልድል meets its first milestone: 100+ EOTC clergy trained on domestic violence
We are pleased to share with you that project dldl/ድልድል in collaboration with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission (EOC-DICAC) in Ethiopia has now trained about 110 clergy members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. This is an important milestone as we have completed half of the workshops we plan as part of one of the project’s main intervention components in Ethiopia.
The workshops were designed by Dr Romina Istratii on the basis of long-term anthropological research with EOTC clergy in Ethiopia and seek to improve their understanding of domestic violence in rural communities and help them to identify how religio-cultural discourses and norms can contribute to the problem, but also the need for theology-informed teaching to address some of the manifold contributing factors and the resourcefulness of spirituality in coping with and responding to intimate partner abuse. In addition to presenting on the ethnographic realities and communities’ own understandings of and attitudes towards domestic violence, the workshops include theological material to clarify Church teachings on marriage-related issues and domestic violence, safeguarding training and legal and referral information relevant to the participants. The workshops are delivered in Amharic and include reflection exercises, group activities and scenario and case studies to achieve a more interactive approach and to facilitate real-time learning.
For those interested to study or share this content, a summary can be found on our website under Resources>Clergy and Seminarians in English and Amharic.