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Gender parity: Legal foundations and theological issues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ghislaine N. Gurhahoza, Frederick Kakwata
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 54, No 1 | a2521 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v54i1.2521 | © 2020 Ghislaine N. Gurhahoza, Frederick Kakwata | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 July 2019 | Published: 30 March 2020

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Ghislaine N. Gurhahoza, Department of Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Frederick Kakwata, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa


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Abstract

This study examines the legal foundations and the theological issue of gender equality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and proposes the adoption of an ethical approach towards the amelioration of this pertinent issue of human concern. Arguably, the achievement of gender equality in the DRC remains a myth, an objective to be realised, and a world of opportunity to be utilised. The argument pursued here is that the persistence of gender inequality has far-reaching consequences for all spheres of society. Therefore, it is crucial for women and men to be more proactive and work together towards the attainment of gender equality. This begins with the acquisition of adequate training for women in various fields. Thus, armed with the requisite knowledge and courage, women will be able to fully participate and effectively contribute to the advancement of society and the church in the same way as their male counterparts.

Keywords

gender parity; gender equality; complementarity; feminism; legal foundations; theological issues; Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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