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.