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Rumi Forum Podcast

Rumi Forum was founded in 1999 with the mission to foster interfaith dialogue and intercultural understanding. The Forum aims to stimulate exchange of opinions in order to advance culture of democracy, freedom of thought, human rights and peace. For over 20 years, the Forum provides a common platform for building relationships, mutual learning and information exchange among adherents of different faiths. Our work has a particular focus on pluralism, peacemaking, interfaith dialogue, intercultural understanding, social harmony and community cohesion.

Mar 27, 2013

To advance human rights and human development, international institutions and different academic disciplines give high priority to gender equality. It is a sine qua non, essential and central to a cherished vision of a decent society. Yet too often religious communities and leaders are seen as tepid in their support, whether it involves contesting domestic violence, addressing maternal mortality, making  sure girls stay in school, or listening to women's voices in peace negotiations. This is ironic because women are vital members of religious communities and most religious institutions hold that it is they who lead in honoring women. The presentation will reflect on the diversity of religious approaches, spoken and unspoken qualms and concerns, some genuine misunderstandings,  topics that need active discussion, and hopes for the path ahead.