Across the Pacific, churches are central to family and community, but leadership is predominantly male. The voices and representation of women are often excluded in decision-making, teaching and leadership, which reinforces gender power-imbalances in society.
We support women to study theology and seek ordination, equipping them for leadership in the Church and community.
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- Since the project began in 2014, we have supported more than 30 women from five countries (Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Vanuatu) through their theological studies. We support women in a range of degrees including Diploma, Bachelor, Masters and PhD.
- Many of these women have received college awards (e.g. Dux) at the end of their studies.
- Past graduates are now serving as ordained Ministers, Deaconesses and leaders in their communities, gender equality theology staff and lecturers (and even Deans) in theological colleges in the Pacific. They are often the first women to hold such roles.
- A new aspect of this project (in partnership with Pacific Theological College) is to support women to attain higher theological education (e.g. PhD) with the goal of being eligible to hold lecturing positions in theological institutions. In 2022, one student is being supported as part of this strategy.
This project is proudly supported by the Alan Walker College of Evangelism.
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