April 10-13, 2010
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Women’s Pre-Assembly of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) was held on the above said theme from April 10-13, 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More than 60 women and few men from Asia and the Pacific representing the churches and ecumenical organizations participated the event. The pre assembly was intent to promote wider participation of women Church leaders in the decision making process of CCA in its ecumenical pilgrimage. This event was also aimed to strengthen Asian Ecumenical Movements to promote gender justice in Church and Society and also to recognize the prophetic voices of Asian women in building communities of peace.
There were participatory Bible studies, plenary, workshops to share and listen our stories as women and articulate and interpret for empowerment. The powerful stories from the women leaders who are not only challenging the hierarchical structure within the Church but also fighting against the oppressive military government for democratization were empowering. The struggle to create an inclusive community also challenged the men—how they can be genuine partners with women in building inclusive communities of peace. During the sharing and dialogue the women also realized and recommended that the churches must come forward to address the issue of violence against women in a more meaningful way. One of the recommendations to CCA in the statement was to create and adopt policy against sexual harassment and encourage the churches to do so.