MEN ON THE PULPIT, WOMEN IN THE PEWS? ADDRESSING GENDER INEQUALITY IN AFRICA
Churches, seminaries and gender statistics
This chapter focuses on mostly quantitative data related to the twelve seminaries that form the NetACT network. Some remarks about the methodology followed to get the information. In March 2010 a letter was sent to the NetACT Board members explaining how the NetACT Executive planned the workshop. The letter stated:Each NetACT institution nominates two representatives, the principal / board member and a woman. The principal or his representative has the responsibility to create the institutional initiative, support and supervision that is needed for the research that has to be done by the female representative. At the first workshop in Aug 2011 each institution will present a report / evaluation of the gender equality situation at their institution, church and society indicating to which extent their curriculum deals with it (a structured questionnaire accompanies this letter). Our first academic publication will be a compilation of these reports. At the first workshop we will have papers on our research topic. A call for papers accompanies this letter and we encourage you to submit a proposal. We hope to get leading (women) theologians to give papers. However, our main objective will be to jointly decide on how to structure the research on “Teaching Gender Equality in Africa.Although all the institutions were represented at the workshop and all except ISTEL had a women representative present (she had a baby), the last questionnaires was returned in February 2012. Three schools are Portuguese speaking. They received and answered their questionnaires in Portuguese. This researcher communicated with institutions to clarify uncertainties and to get the data as trustworthy as possible.
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