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Gender Rights and Freedom of Religion or Belief in South and Southeast Asia

Author: Sudipta Roy

June 28, 2021

With gender equality as one of the most significant cross-cutting themes in development, humanitarian work, and peacebuilding, bridging divides that often separate women’s movements and their advocates from others has special importance. Meaningful bridges are critically missing in formal peace processes and community activism, and there are significant gulfs where religious identities are concerned, including among communities of and advocates for women. Women of faith who are also gender activists are often sidelined in mainstream feminist movements. A lack of gender responsive peacebuilding and FoRB promotion actions, then, contributes to existing harmful structures and attitudes towards women and other gendered minority groups, further escalating conflict. The situation differs by country and region; thus, careful attention to context is essential. 

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