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Romina Istratii

Project dldl/ድልድል Principal Investigator collaborates with UK- and Ethiopia-based filmmakers to produce multilingual docudrama on domestic violence in Ethiopia


Background and objectives of the film As part of project’s dldl/ድልድል impact pathways, the project’s Principal Investigator (PI), Dr Romina Istratii, has established a new collaboration with the UK-based company Exile Pictures Ltd. to produce a multilingual docudrama on domestic violence in Ethiopia that seeks to raise awareness and to motivate positive responses to the […]

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Programme summary and evaluation report published: Training Ethiopian Orthodox clergy to respond to domestic violence in Ethiopia


The final report on the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo clergy training programme on domestic violence delivered collaboratively by project dldl/ድልድል and the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission (EOTC DICAC) is now available on the website of project dldl/ድልድል under ‘Research Outputs.’ Download the PDF The programme was delivered by Project dldl/ድልድል with the support of EOTC […]

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Project dldl/ድልድል and EOTC DICAC held an all-Amharic interfaith meeting on domestic violence with religious leaders in Ethiopia


On Friday 17 June, project dldl/ድልድል and partner EOTC DICAC held an interfaith meeting on domestic violence in Debre Birhan, Amhara region, involving clergy, pastors and religious teachers from Ethiopia’s diverse religious groups. Participants included a Muslim Sufi Sheikh, priests from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and pastors from the Kalehiwot Church, the Mekane Yesus Church […]

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Dr Romina Istratii participated in Egypt interfaith retreat on the environment, diversity and heritage, 7-11 May 2022


Between 7 and 11 May 2022, Dr Romina Istratii participated in a Gingko Fellowship Retreat in Egypt. The Gingko Fellowship is organised by Gingko, a charitable organisation that aims to bridge the divide between West Asia, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions and the West. The Gingko Fellowship Programme is a series of […]

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Project dldl/ድልድል completes week-long ‘refresher’ trainings on domestic violence with 155 clergy previously trained in Amhara region, Ethiopia


On Friday, 1st of April, project dldl/ድልድል completed week-long ‘refresher’ trainings on domestic violence with 155 clergy previously trained by the project team in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia. The pilot training series on domestic violence with Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo clergy was co-delivered with the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission (EOC DICAC), a […]

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Project dldl/ድልድል Launches New Podcast Series on Domestic Violence in Ethiopia


Project dldl/ድልድል aims to bridge the disciplines and sectors of religious studies, gender & development and public health to respond to domestic violence in religious communities in a more integrated manner. We are especially interested in understanding how religio-cultural parameters influence the experience of domestic violence and how theology and the clergy in particular can […]

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Dr Romina Istratii’s study on conjugal violence in Tigray is now available open access


SOAS University of London has made accessible open access Dr Romina Istratii’s PhD thesis titled: Gender and development through local epistemologies : understanding conjugal violence among orthodox Tawahedo Christians in northern Ethiopia and implications for changing attitudes and norms within local worldviews. The thesis presents a study of conjugal abuse from the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwahәdo […]

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Exploring African Conservative Clergy and Service Providers’ Experiences of Supporting African Christian Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence in England: A Clergy Perspective


Authored by: Pamela Aben Shelley In this blog post, I would like to share some clergy perspectives on intimate partner violence as these emerge from my research for my PhD thesis in Public Health and Health Promotion at Brunel University London. I focus on the experiences of conservative African clergy supporting African Christian women survivors […]

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Project dldl/ድልድል becomes a member of the Faith and Violence against Women and Girls (Faith and VAWG) Coalition


Author: Project dldl/ድልድል On 10 December 2021, the Faith and VAWG Coalition welcomed project dldl/ድልድል as a formal member. The Faith and VAWG Coalition is a partnership of organisations led by Standing Together based in the UK. Other involved organisations include Restored, Respect, Muslim Youth Helpline, Jewish Women’s Aid, Forward UK, Latin American Women’s Rights […]

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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence: Domestic Violence, Faith, and the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church


Author: Dr Romina Istratii, UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at SOAS University of London and Principal Investigator of project dldl/ድልድል As the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign takes off, it is an opportune time to revisit the role of faith and theology in addressing domestic violence. The relationship between faith/spirituality and domestic violence […]

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