Friday 13 March
By Very Rev Alan Macdonald
It may be shocking for us to read that a man called Galgalo, in Ethiopia, used to beat his wife, and would never ask for her opinion on anything. But however shocking that is, there is something that should grab our attention even more. It's the realisation that this was something that Galgalo used to do. He does not do this now. He has changed. And that change has come about because of the work of HUNDEE, a Christian Aid Partner in Ethiopia.
Addressing inequality based on gender is one of the key priorities of Christian Aid. So it is genuinely inspiring to read that one of our Partners has made such a difference in the lives of two people.
During Lent, it is good for us to remember that Jesus is not afraid to confront inequality. It would have been scandalous for Jesus to talk to a foreign woman at a Well. It would have been outrageous for Jesus to allow Mary Magdalene to anoint him with costly perfume. Some onlookers would have believed it was blasphemous for Jesus not to call for a woman caught in the act of adultery to be stoned to death. Jesus is always more radical than we think.
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Thanks to HUNDEE, Galgalo recognises that there shouldn’t be any supremacy between men and women. He shares the household tasks he previously considered ‘women’s work’.
Give 20p for each chore you think is a job for the opposite sex.