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Katherine Marshall Katherine Marshall
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 professor in the School of Foreign Service....

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The Berkley Center's Religion and Global Development program, in close collaboration with the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), tracks the engagement of religious communities and faith-inspired organizations around global policy challenges and brings together stakeholders to examine best practices and advance collaboration.

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Women, Religion, and Peace: Experience, Perspectives, and Policy Implications

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Scholars and practitioners have devoted increasing attention to the roles played by faith communities in negotiating and building peace in the world's conflict zones. Because formal religious leadership tends to be dominated by men, women's engagement in religious peacemaking has received far less attention. To address this knowledge gap, the US Institute of Peace, the Berkley Center, and the World Faiths Development Dialogue are conducting a multiyear exploration of the activities and perspectives of women in peacebuilding and their policy implications.
A first step in this project was a symposium in Washington DC in July 2010. This event brought together an invited group of practitioners, academics, and policy analysts. Together this group explored conflict situations where women, with ties to religious traditions and institutions, play active parts. Women's stories and perspectives were the focus. The group sought to draw conclusions from this experience in terms of distinctive women's contributions both to process and to agendas, and will consider implications for the theory and practice of religious peacemaking when gender is taken more explicitly into account. Participants formulated recommendations for how outsiders can best strengthen and support women's religious peacemaking. The symposium drew on in-depth interviews with participants and others with pertinent experience. A report followed the symposium and pointed to more in depth exploration of specific cases. A second symposium in 2012 sought to address pertinent themes and possible recommendations to policy makers and peacemakers on issues of local peacebuilding, drawing from the first phase of the project and new inputs contained in the papers.

Please address questions to Katherine Marshall (Berkley Center, WFDD) and Susan Hayward (USIP).

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PUBLICATIONS

Women, Religion, and Peace Interview Series

February 29, 2012
In 2010, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), and the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) embarked on an investigation into the relationships between women, religion, and peace. The project involves...

"Women, Religion, and Peace: Exploring Experience, Probing Complexity" Meeting Report

January 6, 2012
On January5-6, 2012, the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, and World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) organized a second symposium on women's religious peacebuilding at USIP headquarters in Washington,...

Women in Religious Peacebuilding

May 1, 2011
To recognize and understand better the role of women in religious peacebuilding, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs launched an initiative with a symposium on...

Women, Religion, and Peace: Meeting Report

July 8, 2010
On July 7-8, 2010, development practitioners, scholars, and policy-makers met in Washington, D.C. to initiate a conversation about the ways in which women inspired by or linked to religion create and maintain peace. The symposium was a partnership among the World Faiths Development Dialogue, the...

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Women's Religious Peacebuilding Symposium

January 5, 2012
By invitation only. Please contact Claudia Zambra at claudia.zambra@wfdd.us with any questions.

The Berkley Center, the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) and the World Faiths Development Dialogue hosted a second symposium on women's religious peacemaking at USIP headquarters in Washington...

An Exchange on Women's Roles for Peace: Is Religion a Source of Strength or an Obstacle?

July 8, 2010
This public event concluded a two-day symposium on women's approaches and work to build peace. With an emphasis on the roles of religion, meeting participants reflected with a broader audience on their conclusions, concerns, and ideas for making their work for peace more effective. Information...

MOST RECENT INTERVIEWS

A Discussion with Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary, World YWCA

November 16, 2011

A Discussion with Marguerite Barankitse, Maison Shalom, Burundi

October 17, 2011

A Discussion with Visaka Dharmadasa, Chairperson of the Association of War Affected Women

November 26, 2010

A Discussion With Patricia DeBoer, Regional Director, Asia for American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

July 29, 2010

A Discussion with Scilla Elworthy, Director, Oxford Research Group

July 16, 2010

A Discussion with Bilkisu Yusuf, Journalist, Executive Director, Federation of Muslim Woman's Associations in Nigeria

July 8, 2010

A Discussion with Amina Rasul-Bernardo, Lead Convenor, Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy

July 8, 2010

A Discussion with Scott Appleby, Kroc, Notre Dame

July 7, 2010

A Discussion with Maryann Cusimano Love, Associate Professor of International Relations, Catholic University

July 6, 2010

A Discussion with Ginny Bouvier, U.S. Institute for Peace

July 2, 2010

A Discussion with Afeefa Syeed, Senior Advisor, US Agency for International Development, Middle East and Asia Bureaus

July 2, 2010

A Discussion with Filiz Odabas-Geldiay, Executive Director, International Association for Human Values (IAHV) and Director of Government Relations, the Art of Living Foundation (AOLF)

July 1, 2010

A Discussion with Elana Rozenman, founder and executive director of Trust-Emun

June 30, 2010

A Discussion with Karen Torjesen, Professor, Department of Women's Studies, Claremont Graduate University

June 30, 2010

A Discussion with Dianne (Dee) Aker, Deputy Director, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego

June 30, 2010

A Discussion with Ashima Kaul, Independent Peace Practitioner and Journalist

June 24, 2010

A Discussion with Marilyn McMorrow, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

June 23, 2010

A Discussion with Sister Joan Chittister, Executive Director, Benetvision

June 21, 2010

A Discussion with Mari Fitzduff, Director, International Master of Arts Program in Coexistence and Conflict, Brandeis University

June 17, 2010

A Discussion with Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Professor, School of International Service, American University

June 13, 2010

A Discussion with Andrea Blanch, President, Center for Religious Tolerance

June 13, 2010

A Discussion with Kathleen Kuehnast, Gender Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

June 8, 2010

A Discussion with Qamar-ul Huda, Senior Program Officer in the Religion and Peacemaking Program and a Scholar of Islam at the US Institute of Peace

June 8, 2010

A Discussion with Manal Omar, Director of Iraq Programs, United States Institute of Peace

June 5, 2010

A Discussion with Joyce S. Dubensky, Executive Vice President and CEO, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

June 4, 2010

A Discussion with Dekha Ibrahim, Founder, Wajir Peace and Development Committee, Kenya

May 29, 2010

A Discussion with Denise Coghlan, RSM, Director, Jesuit Refugee Service Cambodia

May 28, 2010

A Discussion with Jacqueline Moturi Ogega, Director, Women's Program at the World Conference of Religions for Peace

May 27, 2010

A Discussion with Marc Gopin, Director, Center on Religion, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution

May 21, 2010

A Discussion with David Smock, Vice President, Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution, US Institute of Peace

May 18, 2010

A Discussion with Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana, Associate Director, Salaam Institute, American University

May 18, 2010

A Discussion with Ela Bhatt, Founder, Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA)

May 17, 2010

A Discussion with Kathryn Poethig, Professor, California State University, Monterey Bay

May 2, 2010

A Discussion with Emma Leslie, Director, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies

May 1, 2010

A Discussion with Susan Hayward, Program Officer, Religion and Peacemaking, United States Institute of Peace

May 1, 2010

A Discussion with Marie Dennis, Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

April 29, 2010

A Discussion with Azza Karam, Senior Culture Advisor at UNFPA

April 29, 2010

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