April 9, 2008
Religion, Women, and Development
Research findings, human rights principles, practical experience, and common sense all underscore the pivotal role that women play in social change, and that includes fighting poverty and working for social justice. Religion has central importance for women in far corners of the earth, across virtually all faith traditions. But the nexus of religion, women and development has been little explored. This discussion took place on the eve of the Washington National Cathedral's Breakthrough Summit, a joint undertaking of the Washington National Cathedral, InterAction, Religions for Peace, and Women Thrive Worldwide, at which the Women, Faith and Development Alliance was launched to advance this very nexus. Both events were premised on the idea that women play critically important roles in development, that religion is vital for women and women for religion, that religion plays central roles in development processes, and that a thoughtful and purposeful exploration about the issues involved is long overdue.
Katherine Marshall is a Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, where she leads the Center's program on Religion and Global Development. After a long career in the development field, including several leadership positions at the World Bank, Marshall moved to Georgetown in 2006, where she also serves as a Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service. She helped to create and now serves as the Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue.
Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer is Research Professor in the Center for East European and Russian Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Georgetown University. Professor Balzer's research is in social theory, inter-ethnic...
Graduating in 2009 with an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown, Alisha Bhagat worked at the Berkley Center in 2008 as a Luce/SFS Graduate Fellow where she worked on the topic of Women, Religion, and Development.
Jean Duff is Managing Director at Full Circle Partners, an international consulting firm. From 2008-11 she was the Executive Director and co-founder of the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA), founded to increase the collective...
Shareen Joshi is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where she has taught since 2008. Her research and teaching focus on international economic development, particularly poverty alleviation and...