Faith, Gender & Sexuality: A Toolkit

The Faith, Gender & Sexuality toolkit has been developed by the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies (WICDS), the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Sonke Gender Justice, with individuals, communities and leaders practising faith. It is a user-friendly, free and interactive resource that seeks to support faith communities and leaders working to promote social justice in relation to gender and sexuality. The toolkit includes resources on:

  • Terminology
  • Key issues
  • Case studies
  • Activities

These resources have been designed for use with faith-based groups, including those of mixed faith, and they are included alongside a wide range of further resources and information produced by others, that you may find useful in your work.

In the Toolkit:

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This module aims to offer information and debunk dangerous myths around sexuality and gender. It explains how gender and sexuality can be understood along a spectrum in an approach more reflective of the true nature of human experience.

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This module focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). It offers definitions of SRHR, outlines the challenges of attaining them and provides faith-based case studies and practical tools to promote SRHR.

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This module helps to broaden understanding of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and explore the ways in which it impacts people marginalised because of their gender and sexuality. It offers insight into the ways in which gender and sexual minorities are ‘policed’ through violence.

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This module outlines some of the links between faith, gender, power, hierarchy and socialisation. It highlights the negative consequences of patriarchy for both men and women.

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This module examines how some religious and cultural practices enhance human life and how some are misused to deny rights. It demonstrates that culture and tradition are not static but open to re-interpretation, reinvention or re-imagining.

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This module explores ways that faith leaders and communities can be effective allies in advancing human rights, especially those rights related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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