While the raison d’etre for the abovementioned institution is primarily to form and educate male persons towards Roman Catholic priesthood (at present the Roman Catholic Church admits only male candidates into the ordained ministry), gender equity nevertheless forms one of the important objectives of the vision and mission of the Seminary. Gender equity is considered as a priority not only in creating equity awareness, but because it is also a universal human right that needs to be addressed in a just and equitable manner. The Seminary is conscious of this by creating gender equity as far as possible in management, personnel, and generates an environment that encourages gender equality by allocating certain positions to women. It permits of both genders to enrol for the education programs; it employs both genders from domestic, administrative, educational, and pastoral to management levels.
This is done by:
Promoting gender equity as far as the provision of the educational programs is concerned;
– Admitting both male and female candidates to the educational programs offered at St. John Vianney Seminary on an equal basis. The right of educational entry is not confined to those who wish to enter the ordained ministry of the Church;
– Devising entry points to the educational programs that are of equal consideration to both men and women. Entry qualifications for degree programs are gender equitable, provided that the respective candidate complies with the admission requirements;
– Promoting gender equality in participatory approaches, while taking cognizance of gender differences in affirmative ways;
– Encouraging both men and women to be equal partners in the full participation of the programs and thereby encourage the sustainable development of the academic and social environment of the Seminary;
– Creating an increased awareness of gender equity by making the use of inclusive language as a compulsory component of both the written and spoken medium in all courses;
– Advising candidates to research social, cultural, economic, academic and religious areas where gender equity does not exist; and
– Developing and presenting courses in such a manner as to educate candidates in gender appreciation in all areas of life including that of the Roman Catholic Church, where this is not always experienced as a felt practiced reality.
This policy is to be communicated to all existing and new members of staff and candidates of learning at all levels and at appropriate occasions.