Theory of Change
Our Theory for Change acknowledges that religicide does not arise overnight.
The three hallmarks of Religicide are: Genocide, Ecocide, Femicide, and Factocide
the attempt to annihilate a religion which can include:
the deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group
the destruction of the natural environment, which can be used to drive people off their land or make it impossible for them to survive in place
the deliberate and chronic distortion of truth to dehumanize and incite mass violence against a group
killing and controlling women
Global Covenant Partners is focusing efforts on bringing concrete, holistic aid to minority communities that are subject to marginalization and systemic discrimination due to their religion. We combine research, policy analysis and advocacy with pragmatic community implementation to produce measurable results, including a reduction in violence.
The most dangerous reality of religicide is that its perpetrators are committed to erasing and eradicating everything related to the religion in question: killing or harming its members (genocide), destroying sacred space, farmland, and towns (ecocide), enslaving and abusing its women (femicide), and spreading lies and disinformation (factocide).
Given the complex nature of these threats, the most effective way to protect targeted religious minorities is to employ a multi-pronged approach. We propose using data-driven research that builds on indigenous values and wisdom and is supported by the whole spectrum of stakeholders who come together from the bottom up, middle out, and top down.
Multidisciplinary efforts must seek to improve religious tolerance and restore damage by addressing political, social, cultural, and economic conditions in a way that gives religious groups the sovereignty they need to shape their own recovery and the financial, material and educational resources to regenerate their communities.
Central to our approach is a recognition that fluency in religious ways of speaking, thinking, and acting is essential for addressing religion-related violence. We believe tapping into the cultural, spiritual, and intellectual resources of persecuted religious minorities is of vital importance for the diagnosis and repair of religion-related violence. Entering this process means learning with and from the indigenous survivors of religious violence. Reciprocity serves as a strong basis for relationships that are equal in dignity.
Global Covenant Partners adheres to the following premises in the work we do:
Unity and peace are built on respect for the dignity of difference
Religion and spirituality are key resources for flourishing
Religion-related violence is a distinct and growing threat that must be named
Survivors can only heal if the anti-religious roots of religicide are addressed
Cultural, spiritual, and intellectual resources of persecuted religious minorities are essential to diagnosing and repairing religion-related violence
Religicide can best be combatted when all stakeholders come together from the bottom up, middle out, and top down.