No More “Harmful Traditional Practices”! Gender Activism and Faith Leaders in International Development

Researchers from the University of Groningen and the University of Stellenbosch recently concluded a one-year study on the role of faith leaders in challenging gender-based violence and gender inequality.[i] The study, which was funded by the UK Department for International Development[ii] and and carried out by the Gender-Based Violence Hub of the Joint Learning Initiative …

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The Power to Call for ‘Inclusion Riders’: Violence and Innocence in Gender Activism

In a post to mark International Women’s Day, Dr Brenda Bartelink problematizes the selective language of ‘harmful cultural practices’, challenging the development sector to confront its ongoing colonial biases as it seeks to improve the lives of women and girls. Today, March 8th, the Netherlands’ former Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, …

Sexual equality and post-truth: making distinctions

On 7 March 2017, the eve of International Women's Day, the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, in collaboration with the Centre for Gender Studies, hosted a panel discussion evening on 'Gender and Sexual Equality in a Post-Truth Age'. Four panellists contributed to the conversation and over the next few weeks we will be …

The ‘religion or secularism’ debate on women’s equality obscures the real problem: patriarchy

  Is ‘religion’ patriarchal, antithetical to gender equality? This was a question posed last night during the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain #IWD2017 panel discussion on ‘Gender and Sexual Equality in a Post-Truth Age’. On International Women’s Day 2017, Erin K. Wilson explores this question, arguing that actually, this is the wrong …

Is it really “inconceivable”? Reimagining the role of religion in promoting gender equality

Gender and feminism seem to be gaining attention again in the broader global public sphere. Religion – as a concept and as representative of broad traditions of belief and theology - has frequently had a problematic relationship with both of these concepts and frameworks. But they are not the natural enemies that they are often …