n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Partnership in mission : an appraisal of the partnership of women and men

Volume 38, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This article addresses one of the growing items of the agenda for post-colonial mission - gender justice and the empowerment of women. The Council for World Mission (CWM) has endeavoured to engage the issues of gender justice in mission through its Community of Women and Men in Mission programme. This article critically examines this programme and argues that the question of partnership in mission is an issue of social justice. It asserts that while the sharing of power has been problematic for partners in the North and South, this sharing of power is even more difficult within the South, when it comes to the sharing of power between men and women. The article is grounded in the field of African women's theology to analyse the work of the CWM. In conclusion, it is argued that although the issue of gender justice has been the most difficult for the CWM to address, through the use of different strategies, efforts are being made to promote gender justice in all CWM churches.

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