Fulata L. Moyo is a World Council of Churches’ programme executive for the project on A Just Community of Women and Men based at the headquarters in Geneva. She believes that within the religious tradition that women are made in God’s image are authentic resources to affirm the dignity and entitlement of women to human rights. She received her doctorate from the School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in Religion and Theology focusing in Gender and Sexual Ethics with grounding studies in Sexual Ethics, Feminist Liberation Theologies, and Epidemiology, social scientific research methodologies from Yale University’s Divinity School and Department of Public Health respectively, Connecticut, USA.
She is passionate about working with religious resources to raise awareness and build a movement of gender justice and peace with zero tolerance for sexual and gender based violence. To this end, she works on mobilising churches to adopt the Thursdays in Black campaign for a world without rape and violence, which was born during the ecumenical decade of churches in solidarity with women (1988-1998), inspired by several women’s protest movements including: the Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina who were protesting at the Plaza de Mayo on Thursdays against violence that had their children killed; the Women in Black in Israel and other parts who were then protesting against the use of rape as a weapon of war, and Black Sash in South Africa.
Her WCC protocol includes a mandate to coordinate the building of women’s networks in liaison with the 345 WCC’s member churches both in processes of awareness raising and policy making locally, regionally as well as internationally especially through participation in the UN sessions including the Commission on the Status of Women and the Human Rights Council, CEDAW and UPR, and how to access and implement SDG5 and the UNSCR1325.
Currently she is a visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, USA where she is developing an Ethic of Care with guidelines to help religious communities to respond to trafficked and sexually violated women and girls through accompaniment towards healing and wholeness. She is a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. She is a Board member of Life and Peace Institute based in Sweden https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/interviews/a-discussion-with-fulata-l-moyo-world-council-of-churches