"I am an African theologian who believes that women are created in the image & # 39; God ', says Phumzile Mabizela, black reverend and popular feminist from Africa & # 39; South who has lived with HIV for 20 years fight by the Church to break down gender stigmas and those carrying the virus & # 39; AIDS.
Based in & # 39; Johannesburg, Mabizela is executive director of the international organization and inter Inerela +, A network made up of religious leaders & # 39; all kinds living or have been personally affected by the Human Immunodeficiency (HIV virus) and AIDS.
"We use our own stories to bring transformation to our churches and give hope to people living with HIV so that when they see someone like me, Realizing that you & # 39 ;, really, live a full life"He explains.
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When in 1999 was diagnosed with the virus, the woman was ordered and dedicated to Christian theology for more than a decade.
Although the news have left "devastated" initially, it took a short time to decide who would change that fades in & # 39; ally, Not only to improve the quality of life & # 39; others affected and prevention, but also to replace the prism by which churches look at this problem.
"I think when we started to be aware of & # 39; HIV, was portrayed as a moral issue and also as something that undoubtedly led to the death", he says.
"It is not true that those who are living with HIV or because we promiscu because we had many couples … Not true", stresses the Reverend, born in a ghetto in the province & # 39; KwaZulu-Natal during the segregation regime a & # 39; apartheid.
Now, as director & # 39; Inerela + and & # 39; programs in & # 39; twenty countries in Africa and Latin America, demonstrates the ability to influence religious leaders infringement of & # 39; these stigmas and to show that HIV is "manageable condition".
"There are issues that make the most vulnerable people, such as poverty, studying and we identify the factors that make the population more susceptible to circumvention of HIV and AIDS and I think that makes the churches understand that blaming people does not help, But it is important that they learn to love people living with HIV, host and support them in whatever way they can ", he adds.
But this is not the only fight & # 39; front & # 39; this Reverend, changed to & # 39; t & # 39 April, in South & # 39; Annex reference current to question the ecclesiastical discourse that puts women at & # 39; & # 39 position; inferiority in relation to men.
Firstly, Mabizela coincides with theories that define Jesus Christ as a "feminist" obscured by centuries of & # 39; patriarchal reading of the Bible.
"It's a challenge: when to raise our voice about who are in the eyes & # 39; God, we tend to get themselves on the periphery or reject the Church to talk too. But we learned that some of us are called to do it, to disturb the narrative that men are superior and more like God, "he reasons.
Phumzile Mabizela-up, to the right – it & # 39; other religious references. (Inerela.org)
"Thanks to the authority which, religious leaders choose which messages are popularize, but when using – & # 39; gender lens & # 39; or even & # 39; the HIV lens & # 39; or & # 39; & # 39 liberation; [racial], You get a totally different message. And all those messages are in the same Bible, "he adds.
B & # 39; contrast with reading "traditional" of the Bible, when it preaches, is talking about " the empowerment of women"And remember that" m & # 39; have reason to be underestimated "because they also" created in the image of & # 39; God. "
Its vision treat female gender and class problems, but also increases the specificity of the present strain in the current like "marażmu African American". Note, also, is belonging to the African context.
She says: "We choose to share our own stories and say, using the feminiżmu lens, we have our own theology"
source: Nerea González / EFE.