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09 June 2010

Press release

Getting hot under the collar of gender

Getting hot under the collar of gender

With one in three women worldwide claiming to have been raped or sexually assaulted [i]and hundreds of thousands alleging to being victims of global sex trafficking[ii], global gender is on the world agenda and an international expert is bringing it to Cardiff.

Dr Elaine Storkey will be addressing the issue at St Mark's Church, 206 North Road, Cardiff, CF14 3BL on Thursday 24 June. The event will be hosted by CICC (Cymru Institute for Contemporary Christianity), part of Evangelical Alliance Wales.

Renowned theologian Dr. Storkey is passionate about helping people develop a Christian understanding of these complex issues. Whether it's the absence of legal protection, forced marriage, or rape used as a weapon of war, the church cannot look the other way. When these are added to the problems of economic hardship, child brides, illiteracy, sex trafficking and disempowerment, these are issues which call for a compassionate Christian understanding and response.

Elfed Godding, national director of Evangelical Alliance Wales said: "The issue of gender injustice is not only of academic interest but a source of pain to millions of women every day. The church cannot look the other way and ignore this suffering, rather we are called to speak up and act on behalf of those who are in distress. Christians are working towards a fairer world where injustice of every description is challenged and Elaine will certainly unsettle our comfortable ideas."

Tickets cost £6.00 per person and can be ordered online at http://cicconline.org.uk/category/events-generic/events or by calling 07957-811-762.

Media Enquiries

Danny Webster
Tel: 07766 444 650
Email: d.webster@eauk.org

Notes to Editors

Evangelical Alliance Wales was started in 1990 and is a part of the UK Evangelical Alliance and the World Evangelical Alliance, both established in 1846 – the latter of which today has a global membership of 380 million. Evangelical Alliance Wales represents Christians and churches from within over 20 denominations in Wales to the government and media. The Evangelical Alliance Wales has a Media Voice Team that can be contacted via wales@eauk.org

The Evangelical Alliance
We are the largest and oldest body representing the UK’s two million evangelical Christians. For more than 165 years, we have been bringing Christians together and helping them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society. We’re here to connect people for a shared mission, whether it’s celebrating the Bible, making a difference in our communities or lobbying the government for a better society. From Skye to Southampton, from Coleraine to Cardiff, we work across 79 denominations, 3,500 churches, 750 organisations and thousands of individual members. And we're not just uniting Christians within the UK – we are a founding member of the World Evangelical Alliance, a global network of more than 600 million evangelical Christians. For more information, go to www.eauk.org.