Event Summary: Women's Empowerment, Gender Justice, and Religion in Bangladesh

May 16, 2015

The second session of the Speakers' Forum on Religion and Development in Bangladesh took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 16, 2015. The topic, “Women’s Empowerment, Gender Justice, and Religion,” was focused on the ways in which religious traditions shape legal rights and social obligations for women and men in Bangladesh; the summary provides highlights of the meeting. The aim was to explore secular and Islamic discourse on women’s rights in order to understand how, what emerge as often divergent viewpoints, affect everyday realities of women and development prospects and approaches. The event highlighted efforts to advance scholarship on and foster greater public dialogue around women’s place in religious traditions and to explore what Bangladesh can learn from regional experiences in Asia and broader international experiences.

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