From Paul Perini
The courageous young woman Malala Yousafzai addressed the United Nations on Friday the 12th of July. She spoke for the millions of young women throughout the developing world who suffer from education exclusion due to an obstinate patriarchy.
For the church to effectively speak into this situation and call for educational equality – as well as equal opportunities for men and women to contribute to society – we must practice gender equality.
If, in our churches, the dominant culture is one where women are not encouraged to preach and women are not allowed to exercise congregational leadership, then I would argue that an entrenched and obstinate patriarchy is present amongst us.
Such negative attitudes and practices work against the restored way of men and women relating in the home, the church and the society. They work against the reconciling work of Jesus. They greatly weaken, and perhaps discredit, our voice in calling for the education and the enabling of young women throughout the world.
There is a need for all of us to work for gender equality in the life of our churches. There is a need for us to change.
More about Malala Yousafzai’s UN speech here.