Kigali, Rwanda
July 17–20, 2023

Episcopal Relief & Development believes every woman should live free from violence in a society where she is treated with dignity and respect.

In July, Episcopal Relief & Development staff and partners from Burundi, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo attended the Women Deliver 2023 Conference in Kigali, Rwanda. WD2023 brought together people from all over the world—from young people to grassroots advocacy organizations, nonprofits to governments—to work collectively to advance gender equality.

As a faith-based organization, we understand that faith leaders are among the most trusted members of society, whose words and actions carry significant influence. As such, faith leaders are uniquely positioned to confront harmful social norms and behaviors, advance social change and equality, and prevent violence against women and girls. There is a growing body of evidence, including our own work in Liberia, that engaging faith leaders—Christian and Muslim—in scripture-based activities contributes to fewer incidences of gender-based violence.

During a well-attended side event at Women Deliver 2023, Episcopal Relief & Development and World Vision USA hosted a conversation to discuss learnings from their faith-based programs advancing Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) in communities across the globe. Throughout the conference, staff from Episcopal Relief & Development joined partner staff from Episcopal Church of Liberia Relief & Development (ECLRD), Service Anglican pour le Développement Communautaire (SADC), Diocese of Aru and Diocese of Bukavu to host mini-workshops around topics including sustainable approaches to GESI; tools and tactics to capture impact evidence; and instances when inclusion, social and behavior change were challenging for faith actors and communities.

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“Simultaneously, women and girls are active change agents with frontline experience and expertise, innovators in transformation, highly influential decision-makers, educators and caretakers, Indigenous and traditional knowledge keepers, adaptation and mitigation entrepreneurs, storytellers and speakers, stakeholders and sovereigns.”
—The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church




Episcopal Relief & Development works with implementing partners, faith leaders, change agents and communities to co-create resources and program activities. The work is locally led, evidence based, and advanced with a gender equity and social inclusion lens. These project spotlights showcase some of the remarkable work we are doing together to reduce gender-based violence.


With the Episcopal Church of Liberia Relief & Development, we are engaging young people and faith leaders in addressing and preventing violence against women and girls.


With our support, our partners in the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi are working to change harmful gender and social norms and practices.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Our work with the dioceses of Aru and Bukavu addresses violence against women by increasing church and community participation in response to and awareness and prevention of violence.


Episcopal Relief & Development works with partners around the world to bring about positive change in four core areas: reducing gender-based violence, advancing early childhood development, strengthening climate resilience and supporting communities impacted by disaster. Learn more about how we are partnering to create lasting change.


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When the Lens of Vulnerability Limits Impact

Episcopal Relief & Development’s Chiseche Salome Mibenge and Vanessa Pizer consider the limits of the term vulnerability, suggesting that to achieve lasting impact, we need to move beyond binary definitions of the vulnerable and the powerful and instead consider the layers of marginalization.

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A Space for Healing in Brazil

In response to the growing number of cases of violence against women, the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil made the decision to open a support house. Read how Episcopal Relief & Development, together with our long-term partner Servicio Anglicano de Diacono e Desenvolvimento (SADD), is providing a safe space for women and children.

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How Faith Leaders Are Reducing Gender-Based Violence In Liberia

Since 2015, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working within the interfaith community in Liberia to end violence against women and girls. In July 2023, Episcopal Relief & Development staff will join thousands of others at the Women Deliver 2023 Conference in Rwanda.

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How Vilma Is Making Her Daughters' Dreams Come True

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Comprehensive Endline Evaluation for Liberia’s Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Program

The report presents key findings from Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Program in Liberia, “Scaling Up Faith Leaders’ Engagement to Prevent and Respond to VAWG.” The program was implemented in partnership with Episcopal Church of Liberia Relief and Development. The evaluation was independently conducted by Dr. Elisabet le Roux of Stellenbosch and Dr. Julienne Corboz, Independent Consultant.

The Gendered Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Girls in Liberia

Incidences of violence against women and girls (VAWG) rose in Liberia during the pandemic. This qualitative research investigates the impact and outcomes COVID-19 had on women and girls in Liberia. Learnings from the research will be used to inform VAWG programs in humanitarian crises.

2018-2022 Scaling Up Faith and Youth Leaders’ Engagement to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Program in Liberia Poster

Overview of Liberia’s Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Program with results and learnings from the 2018-2022 program endline evaluation. (This is a 36″x36″ poster.)

Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI Analysis) in Early Childhood Development Programming Poster

Overview of Episcopal Relief & Development’s integration of Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) in Moments That Matter®, an early childhood development program partnership of Episcopal Relief & Development. (This is a 36″x36″ poster.)

2022 Project Spotlight: Brazil

An overview of the work done by our partner, Servicio Anglicano de Diacono e Desenvolvimento (SADD), the development arm of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil (IEAB) to train and equip local leaders in preventing and responding to violence against women and children, while providing services for survivors.

2022 Project Spotlight: Honduras

An overview of our partner Siempre Unidos’ Siloe Project which upholds the dignity of people such as commercial sex workers, LGBTQ+ people, people living in slums, incarcerated people and ethnic minority communities.



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