A Social Justice Gathering-Place
Agora means “a gathering place.” In ancient Rome and Greece, it referred specifically to the marketplace: a place where people come together to share and exchange things that were important to them.
In Portuguese, it means “now”.
This is a gathering space where we share information, build knowledge and reflect on social justice topics that are close to our hearts. This is a space where we say it is time to take action, Now!
It is a space where we grapple with the complexities of bringing a new reality to a broken world. It is a space where we aim to redress racial, gender and economic inequalities, address gender-based violence and substance recovery, reflect on matters of the environment, faith and leadership. In short, it is a gathering place where we come together and share what is important to us, where we reflect on how we “do life”.
We believe these things matter!
|This website will focus on resources and reflections for individuals and groups on:||Agora strives to create a more inclusive, outspoken and equal world for all.|
| Gender matters|
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| We believe everyone is equal and should be treated equally irrespective of their race, age, gender, social or economic status.|
We believe everyone should be afforded equal opportunities.
We believe diversity amongst people should be embraced through honest conversations.
We believe that together we can create a Brave New World.
We believe discrimination should never be tolerated.
Gender Based Violence and Patriarchy
We accept that we cannot address gender based violence unless patriarchy is also addressed.
How Patriarchy is established*:
- A society decides to give men control over resources and power.
- Men feel obligated to maintain and show the power that patriarchy gives them, sometimes portraying that through violence and abuse.
- The society defines women in relation to men’s power – denying them civil, cultural, economic, political, and social rights intended for both women and men.
- Patriarchy informs family life, law, policy, education, interpretations of faith, and more – influencing every aspect of life and self-identity.
- Patriarchy becomes a mindset that even women begin to believe in, given the dangers of disagreeing with those in power.
- Patriarchy makes violence against women seem natural.
*Ref: GBV Prevention Network (https://preventgbvafrica.org/)
The person “behind” Agora
With over 35 years’ experience in both faith-based and NGO sectors, Xana McCauley dreams about providing spaces for conversations about everyday realities in our societies. She facilitates workshops and group discussions on diversity and GBV (Gender-Based Violence).
Xana often speaks and consults as a gender equality expert, facilitates workshops, leadership development and proofreads written content.
Xana is also a member of the following organisations and campaigns:
- Thursdays in Black
- We Will Speak Out SA (Management Committee member)
- Christians for Biblical Equality International
- The Circle for Concerned African Women Theologians SA
- Christian Feminism Today