Religion & Development: A critical examination

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Report of 20 May 2016 dialogue published, ‘Religion and Development: Dialogue on Gender, Rights and Sensitive Issues’.

Religion can influence politics and serve both as a driver of and an impediment to development. Faith actors are often seen as putting down barriers to development by condoning cultural and religious norms and practices that uphold gender discrimination in sensitive issues relating to marriage, family, sexuality, reproductive health and women’s empowerment. However, faith actors are also key change agents, able to influence behaviour and attitudes.

On May 20, 2016, Norad, UNFPA and Norwegian faith-based actors, under the leadership of the Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities and the Christian Council of Norway in cooperation with the Church of Norway Council on International and Ecumenical Relations, Digni, and Norwegian Church Aid, organized a conference ‘Religion and Development: Dialogue on Gender, Rights and Sensitive Issues’.

The conference aimed to provide an arena to examine critically the role of religion and diverse religious/faith-based actors (e.g. religious leaders, faith-based NGOs) in promoting gender equality and the rights of girls and women, with a focus on protection and prevention of gender based violence and promotion of sexual and reproductive health rights.

A report of the conference has now been published and includes links to presentations made during the meeting.

Posted by: Terrie Robinson | Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
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