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Religion & Peacebuilding Series: "Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding" [Panel #3]


Online Zoom Webinar, United States
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 5:30 – 7pm

Abstract:  Just as religion and religious identities appear inextricably linked to violent conflict around the world, women and positions of power in religious contexts are often seen as diametrically opposed. Though their seats at the table are often limited, women’s involvement in the peacebuilding process has proven time and again to be crucial. Around the world, women are rupturing the status quo and taking leading roles as academics, journalists, diplomats, and activists in combating religious extremism. To that end, this panel aims to highlight those women across religions and conflicts from Ultra-Orthodox extremism in Israel/Palestine to Hindu Nationalism to Islamic extremism and beyond.

Panelists will discuss how religion and conflict is different from religious conflict and consider why it is that as women become more involved in peacebuilding, their roles seem less acknowledged. While making a methodological choice to focus on the role of women specifically, this panel will explore commonalities between ways women can be peacemakers in various religious conflicts, how women's roles in peacebuilding differs from religion to religion and region to region, what has worked in the past, what can be applied in the future, and how more women can take center stage; all the while considering how we can learn more about the broader topic of gender and peacebuilding at large.

Event Organizer: Francois Venne (