Strategic Plans for the Circle
Following consultations during the planning committee
meeting and the conference, the gathering of the Circle
of Concerned African Women Theologians in Addis Ababa
developed a new Plan of Action which will guide the
activities of the Circle for the next five years.
Circle Plan of Action
Research and Writing
- Continue research and writing about HIV/AIDS, including
stories of those living with AIDS.
- Explore the possibility of other publication forms,
e.g. videos, oral histories
Educational Programming and Curriculum
- Train counsellors for HIV/AIDS work
- Incorporate HIV/AIDS training in Ministerial Formation
courses in the Theological Institutions. Support and
participate actively in the WCC plan of action in:
- training theological faculty;
- training both current seminarians and alumni
to use AIDS curriculum;
- re-reading and re-interpreting the scriptures
from an African woman's perspective.
- Incorporate HIV/AIDS training in gender courses
in colleges and universities.
- Promote safe sex practices through educational programs
and workshops in the home, faith communities, and
- Promote good health and nutrition and regular medical
Religious and Cultural Traditions
- Advocacy to counter harmful cultural and religious
practices and retrieve positive ones.
- Honour women's bodies and increase women's self
- Regularly update the membership database.
- Encourage the use and maintenance of the website.
- Maintain and circulating the Bibliography of Circle
- Encourage the development of Circle newsletters.
An ad hoc committee was nominated to look into issues
of a publishing policy. Other areas to be explored include
Institutionalisation of the Circle
The Circle so far has been functioning as a movement.
There is a need to institutionalise the movement. Exploration
on a constitution as well as a permanent voice will
be agreed on over the next five years.
More strategic budgeting and fundraising is necessary
especially to support the institutionalising of the
Circle and more programmed research.
Roles and Responsibilities of
At the Chapter level, Chapter leaders will:
- initiate and coordinate chapters of the Circle;
- communicate with the relevant linguistic coordinator;
- coordinate meetings to discuss papers for publication.
General Circle Membership and
- Commit to research and writing;
- Stimulate theological dialogue, reflection and
critical analysis from the perspective of women both
within the Circle and beyond;
- Commit to do research with, rather than merely
about, grassroots women and ensure to acknowledge
them in the outcome of research;
- Keep the Circle coordinators apprised of changes
of addresses etc., so that a correct database can
- Help in the distribution of Circle publications
and their promotion;
- Be willing to volunteer their time, skills, and
resources in order to enhance the work of the Circle
e.g. editing papers submitted to conferences, editing
Circle books, contributions to website, etc.
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