"…liberation theology contributed to more
gender-equal relations in working class communities through the promotion
of solidarity and the creation of human rights networks.’"
In Intersecting Violences, Patricia Muñoz is critical of the role played by fundamentalist religions in oppressing women. The Church in Latin America has historically been responsible for perpetuating the subordination of women and rejecting social changes that open up women’s options, especially in relation to contraception and reproductive rights. However, the report also indicates that there are movements within churches that have taken a stance against inequality and stood up in support of justice and human rights.
In the civil and revolutionary wars in Central America
in the 1980s and 90s, progressive Catholic priests and nuns, supporters
of the theology of liberation, spoke out against inequality and abuses
of human rights. More recently women have come together in organisations
such as the Catholic Women for the Right to Decide and other progressive
faith-based NGOs, to argue for changes in the status quo and traditional
theological interpretations. Such women are taking steps to address VAW
and poverty within their religious context. We present the work of an
organisation working to address VAW that reflects this more progressive
approach. It speaks out on the human rights of the poorest sectors, mainly
indigenous people, in an area of Peru that has been through long periods
of social conflict and violence.
Masculinities and patriarchy
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