Positive Masculinities and Gender Partnership for Equal Sharing of Responsibilities

Prof. Ezra Chitando

chitandoProf Ezra Chitando works as Theology Consultant for the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA). He has published widely on the Church’s response to HIV and AIDS in Africa and on gender. His works include the recent WCC Risk publications: Living with Hope: African Churches and HIV/AIDS, Acting in Hope: African Churches and HIV/AIDS, and the EHAIA series like: Mainstreaming HIV and AIDS in Theological Education: Experiences and Explorations.  Professor Chitando works closely with the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians to mainstream gender and HIV in theological programmes; his focus includes the responsibility of men in the time of HIV. He has addressed a number of high level meetings on how to engage men, especially those in faith-based organisations, in the response to sexual and gender based violence and HIV.

Dr. Fulata Mbano-Moyo

img_0876Fulata L. Moyo is a systematic theologian; Church Historian; and gender and HIV and AIDS activist-academic. She received her doctorate from the School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in the area of Gender and ecological justice and Sexuality in the context of HIV and AIDS. Her interests lie in the area of women’s sexuality as embodied and interconnected spirituality: how this understanding of our interconnectedness impacts our life as a community of women, men (and ecology) who are committed to justice in gender, economy and ecology.  Dr Mbano-Moyo is the currently WCC’s Programme Executive for Women in Church and Society with the mandate to coordinate women’s global work in all WCC’s member churches in all the 8 regions (North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, the Pacific, Middle East, Africa). Towards the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) in Jamaica, 2011, she is focusing on building a movement of just peace that directly addressed violence against women and children.

Before joining WCC, Dr. Moyo was a member of faculty at University of Malawi, Chancellor College in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. She was also a teaching assistant of African Theology and Gender, Religion and the Church in Africa in the School of Religion and Theology at University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She is also trained and involved in the Tamar Campaign, which addresses violence against women and children using contextual Bible studies. This initiative was developed at Ujamaa Centre in the School of Religion and Theology at University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her publications in journals and book chapters have mainly addressed the religio-cultural influence on gender construction and women’s sexuality. She co-edited, Women Writing Africa: Eastern African Region. New York: Feminist Press. 2007. Dr. Mbano-Moyo is also the current General Coordinator of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians which, since its inception in 1989, has the mandate to undertake research, writing and publishing on African issues in Theology, religion and culture from women’s perspectives. The current Circle membership stands at more than 650 women of diverse backgrounds, nationalities, cultures, and religions rooted in African Indigenous Religions, Christianity, Islam and Judaism. She coordinates a team of seven regional and lingual coordinators: calling for executive meetings, fundraising for Circle activities, organizing the Pan-African conference at the end of the five-year term (2012), just to mention a few of her duties.

Chaitanya Motupalli

img_0762Chaitanya Motupalli is a theological student from India. He is presently pursuing Master of Sacred Theology degree at Union Theological Seminary in the field of Christian Social Ethics and is specializing in the field of Environmental Ethics. He is planning to pursue a Ph.D. in the same field and is planning to focus on the interconnections of eco-justice and social justice for his doctoral project. Prior to entering Union Theological Seminary, he did his Master of Divinity at United Theological College, Bangalore (UTC). There he was exposed to the work of Student Christian Movement and was an active member of the UTC-SCM unit. He has also been involved in reviving the SCM New York unit and also took part in the WSCF-NA conference and consultation “Raising New Prophets, Arising of a Movement” held in San Francisco from January 29, 2009 to February 1, 2009. Mr. Motupalli belongs to a Baptist church and is planning to get ordained in the near future. He is the eldest of two children to his parents, who hail from two diverse cultural, socio-economic and religious backgrounds. Presently, his father is a pastor, mother a school teacher and sister an assistant pastor.

Ms. Doreen Boyd

img_07351Doreen E. Boyd is currently a Regional Missionary Consultant with the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in the Women’s Division where, since March 2008, she supports the International Ministries team working on the Division’s Regional Missionary Initiative in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.  Prior to this assignment, from a base in Barbados, Ms. Boyd served as missionary herself in the Caribbean from 2005-2007, specifically assigned to the English and French- speaking countries of the region. In that position, she supported and assisted in strengthening the organizational development of Methodist women, youth and young adults of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and Americas (MCCA) through leadership development, issue – related education and training, particularly Violence against Women, and regional network development. About her work as a Missionary she states, “Serving as a Missionary for my own region, and working with and learning from MCCA women and youth has been fulfilling, enriching and exciting and I thank God for this wonderful blessing. It has been a real privilege and an honour to be associated with this work.”

From 1997 – 2003, Ms. Boyd was a team member of the Poverty Eradication Department at the sub-regional office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that is based in Barbados and serves that country as well as nine other islands in the Eastern Caribbean. She filled the post of Poverty Eradication coordinator, working as a community development professional with people living in poverty conditions throughout the sub-region, for social and economic empowerment.  Her international experience was gained as a staff member at the headquarters of the World Young Women’s Christian Association, (WYWCA) in Geneva for 14 years. She was responsible for the development of programmes and projects that fostered women’s leadership development, and focused on Primary Health Care (PHC), education and social development, and economic empowerment in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. She completed her tenure with the World Wide WCA as the Deputy General Secretary of the movement. Ms. Boyd’s earliest profession was as a registered nurse educator for which she received her basic and post graduate education in Montreal, Canada. She was a Clinical Instructor in Montreal and Halifax before returning to the Caribbean, where she earned her BS in Public Administration and Economics from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.  Although she is a Jamaican national, Doreen considers herself a Caribbean woman. Now living in Barbados, she is actively involved in HIV and AIDS Education and Prevention, volunteering her time and expertise to support the organization of People Living with HIV (PLWH), and work with churches and faith-based organizations on this issue. Her passion is for a world free of Violence but especially the elimination of Violence against women in all its forms.

Ms. Boyd is the proud mother of four grown children and one grandson.