She is now in charge of WCC/Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA
The Circle's association with EHAIA highlighted for me some of the challenges faced in Lusophone Africa (Angola and Mozambique) where there are very few women in theological education.
Discussions on masculinities took centre stage at the Circle 2007 Pan African Conference when in partnership with the EHAIA it organized two panels for the Circle to dialogue with African male theologians on the topic of "Liberating Masculinities and Combating HIV & AIDS".
(11) WCC International Reference Group/EHAIA (2012), "Briefing Paper: EHAIA
's Global Impact to the General Secretary of WCC" (internal communication).
Thirdly, the role of EHAIA in bringing together a critical mass of theological educators for community resilience and transformation needs to be acknowledged.
A theological educator from Nigeria and an active participant in EHAIA workshops, Ukachukwu Chris Manus, argues as follows: Therefore, our theological education cannot by-pass the realities involved in educating "from this place," namely, from our socialization processes as individual educators/learners and from our own societies.
Again, EHAIA has been actively involved in these processes.
In particular, "Contextual Bible Studies on Transformative Masculinity," initiated by the Ujamaa Centre in South Africa and popularised by EHAIA throughout the region, has been creative in getting men to be actively involved in the struggle against HIV.
However, EHAIA has promoted contextual Bible study in order to recover the liberating dimension within the biblical texts.
The Ecumenical HIV/AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA), which is the most comprehensive ecumenical initiative on HIV and AIDS, was established within the framework of the EFA.
In the last few years, a considerable number of developments have taken place with regard to the Council's overall staffing situation: while, on the one hand, the numbers of the core staff decreased significantly, on the other hand the numbers of decentralized consultants to programmatic activities were increased (EEF, EHAIA); offices were located in the regions (Middle East and Pacific desks, Indigenous peoples' programme, Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network); specialized consultants were invited to accomplish concrete tasks (publications, reconfiguration); new possibilities for seconded staff were explored and created (finances, communications, international affairs) and the practice of inviting young interns was consolidated.
International and African church leaders recommended the formation of the Ecumenical HIV/AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA
) to coordinate the shift in the church's theology and mission on HIV/AIDS.