Churches, dignity, gender: the Istanbul Convention as a matter of public theology in Ukraine

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    This article is based on a case-study of the public debate in Ukraine on the so-called Istanbul Convention ‘on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence’. The debate polarizes churches and more liberal parts of society. The author seeks for the roots of the churches’ position not to address the structural causes of domestic violence as gender-based violence. How does this relate to embrac- ing dignity of the human being as a core principle of the Maidan revolution and of Christian anthropology? Influential documents on moral theology play a detrimental role. The author makes suggestions to address more adequately domestic violence in public theology in Ukrainian context. The coordinates of the proposal are the need for a gender-critical dignity discourse, the need for reimagining the sacramental theology of marriage, and insights for the methodology of a public theology that wants to be both deeply engaged and truly academic.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)296-318
    Number of pages23
    JournalInternational Journal of Public Theology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


    • Orthodoxy – dignity – gender – traditional values – domestic violence – Maidan revolution

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