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Conference Proceedings of Project dldl/ድልድል – EMIRTA Annual Conference held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Now Published

On November 11-12 last year, the Project dldl/ድልድል Annual Conference was held in Addis Ababa in partnership with EMIRTA Research, Training and Development Centre (እምርታ)

The conference focused on the nexus ‘Domestic Violence – Gender – Faith: Promoting Integrated and Decolonial Approaches to Domestic Violence Cross-culturally’ and sought to promote a better integration of theological and religious perspectives in gender-sensitive work on domestic violence and abuse, facilitate a bridging of different theoretical frameworks and approaches to achieve a more integrated lens through which to appraise the issue of domestic violence and abuse and to identify appropriate responses by means of working collaboratively, and contribute to a diversification of knowledge production in the area of domestic violence and abuse to achieve genuine knowledge sharing from the so-called Global South to the so-called Global North.

The conference created a platform for diverse knowledge from across the world to be shared on topics such as: Bangladeshi IPV survivors’ experiences in the UK, honour-based violence in Somalian literature, Zambian traditional marriage counsellors, interventions in refugee camps in Kenya and Bangladesh, indigenous women’s customary institutions in the Ethiopian Oromo community, mental health and spirituality in Ghana, intersections of Gender-Based Violence and faith at a Canadian university, family interventions in Rwanda, interpretations of Qur’anic verses of wife treatment, and many other relevant and inspiring topics.

Readers can now delve deeper into some of the rich presentations made on the day by accessing the newly published open access Conference Proceedings.

The proceedings feature nine full papers published in the order of the presentations given at the conference. The titles of the full papers are as follows:

Survival analysis and associated factors of time to first intimate partner violence after marriage among ever-married women in Ethiopia

(Birye Dessalegn Mekonnen and Yibrie Azmeraw)

Understanding Domestic Violence and Abuse in UK Muslim Communities: A Multi-perspective Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis Approach

(Rahmanara Chowdhury)

Honour-based violence in life writing: Fadumo Korn’s Born in the Big Rains: A memoir of Somalia and Survival and Halima Bashar’s Tears of the Desert

(Solomon Girma)

Supporting African Christian Women Who Have Experienced IPV in England: Service Providers’ Perspective

(Pamela Shelley)

Integration of indigenous women’s customary institutions fighting against GBV among the Oromo communities in Ethiopia

(Muluken Kassahun Amid)

Qur’ān Verse 4:34: Approaches to Ḥadῑth within Premodern Fiqh

(Mahmoud Ali Gomaa Afifi)

A Christian Orthodox Theological Critique of the Feminism Movement

(Selam Reta)

Overlooked gatekeepers: traditional marriage counsellors in Zambia as an entry point for Gender Transformative Approaches in GBV prevention?

(Benjamin Kalkum)

Engaging Faith in Higher Education to Address Gender-Based Violence

(Punita Lumb and Savroop Shergill)

Together, the papers comprise a mosaic of studies, experiences and voices, which offer unique insight into how faith, gender and domestic violence intersect in diverse contexts and can be addressed multi-dimensionally. 

Authors who would like to be contacted have included their email addresses under their bios, appearing at the end of the proceedings.