SOAS University of London

School of Law

SOAS-Brandeis Workshop on Gender, Religion and Equality in Public Life: Perspectives from the United States and United Kingdom.

Fareda Banda, Lynn Welchman

Date: 19 May 2014Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 19 May 2014Time: 4:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Workshop

The struggle for gender equality is a key challenge in both domestic and international affairs. Every generation confronts the issue of how to reconcile changing civic ideals regarding gender relations with religious tenets. Recent decades have seen the rise of human rights as the global normative framework seeking to direct relations amongst citizens and most importantly between citizens and governments. The intersections of gender, religion and human rights give rise to competing claims that are difficult to reconcile in both domestic and international policy. Indeed, the global re-turn to religion(s) is also linked to dislocation and the heightened sense of physical and economic insecurity being experienced around the world. Human rights activists cannot afford to dismiss it as irrelevant, and to label religious adherents as irrational. Scope and space for meaningful conversations have to be found. Academics and policy makers have addressed these conflicts in the context of a range of issues including marriage and divorce, reproductive decision-making, violence against women and children and women’s political participation. This research workshop will create a forum for the discussion of cutting edge research into the nature of these conflicts and innovative approaches for understanding and bridging the points of difference.

  • Fareda Banda, 
  • Lynn Welchman 
  • Lisa Fishbayn Joffe
  • Frances Raday
  • Ziba Mir-Hosseini
  • Mashood Baderin
  • Mavis Maclean OBE
  • John Eekelaar
  • Lisa Fishbayn Joffe
  • Viviana Waisman
  • Sara Hossain
  • Maleiha Malik

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Sponsor: Sponsored by the British Council under the “Bridging Voices” Initiative.