Archbishop Desmond Tutu called the HIV/AIDS pandemic a "new apartheid" on a global scale. The virus, he said, works in a close alliance with poverty, ignorance, complacency, discrimination, and inequity. Its devastating impact is felt in every country, in every community, in every corner of the globe--but its impact is greatest in areas where inequality rules.
Rev. Gwynne Guibord founded and directs the Guibord Center in Los Angeles. It draws on the inspiration of her twenty years of working with leaders of the many faith practices and traditions that live side by side in Southern California. The aim is “To bring people together to challenge assumptions, unleash the Holy, and affirm the faith that transforms the world.” Interreligious dialogue is thus a central challenge as the center addresses the issues facing the community and the nation. Domestic violence has emerged as a live topic, and the Guibord Center has organized several events to address the issue. This exchange with Katherine Marshall took place in Atlanta on February 9, 2015, on the margins of the Carter Center Human Rights Defenders Forum. The discussion served as an introduction to the short and powerful video on violence against women that was screened as part of the forum. Rev. Guibord stresses the vital importance of healing in the effort to combat domestic violence and of engaging men in a positive and truly spiritual way.