Faith and VAWG Coalition’s values
The Coalition’s values are:
1. We adopt an intersectional feminist perspective that understands violence against women as largely perpetrated by men and rooted in systemic, though not exclusive gender, racial and economic inequality.
2. We are grounded in our expertise and experience as both professionals in the support DVA /SVA sector and in our lived experience.
3. We believe that faith can contribute to the elimination of VAWG.
4. We believe there is no hierarchy of faith, belief or non-belief. All are equal.
5. We are a safe space created by a diverse range of women with an objective to work against all forms and systems of oppression.
6. We are a non-oppressive coalition that supports and fosters inclusion of all identities and differences.
The Coalition believes that:
1. Women’s experiences of violence intersect with other structural inequalities which subsequently influences and impacts women’s experiences when receiving support and justice.
2. There are survivors whose needs are not being met due to a lack of understanding of their needs and structural barriers to support.
3. Survivors of faith are subject to particular secular assumptions surrounding religion and its ‘role’ in VAWG.
4. There is a gap in understanding the role of faith in survivors’ lives and therefore a gap in policy responses.
5. Faith communities and groups may be the only mode of support available to a survivor.
6. As specialists and organisations, we are stronger together as a collective voice.
7. There is a gap in funding and support for survivors from faith backgrounds and faith organisations who are working to end VAWG.
The Coalition commits to:
1. Centring the voices of survivors from faith and minoritised communities.
2. Sharing best practice among members of the Coalition.
3. Engaging faith leaders and communities.
4. Influencing policymakers and the sector.
5. Influencing faith leaders and faith communities.
6. Creating a safe space rooted in peer support.
7. Lobbying and advocacy.
8. Produce resources to be shared.
9. Amplifying the work and best practice of members.