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The advancement of gender equality and LGBTQ rights remains at the forefront of human rights agendas around the globe. These materials examine a broad spectrum of gender issues, focusing in particular on how religion and religious organizations promote or hinder women’s rights, and how women of faith are shaping peacebuilding, democratic movements, and other social and political issues.

Our Experts

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José Casanova

Senior Fellow
Professor Emeritus

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Jocelyne Cesari

Senior Fellow
Department of Government

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Katherine Marshall

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service, Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue

Project Spotlight

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Women in Faith Leadership Fellowship

The Women in Faith Leadership Fellowship amplifies the visibility, vitality, and voice of Catholic sisters in responding to the complex challenges and opportunities faced by women religious leaders within their organizations and communities.

Current and Past Projects

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Islam, Gender, and Democracy

The relationship between secularism, democracy, religion, and gender equality remains a complex and contested issue across Western countries. When we turn to Muslim countries, the situation is even more multifaceted. For many Western commentators…
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Women, Religion, and the Family

During 2014 and 2015 the Berkley Center and the World Faiths Development Dialogue asked women and men from various faith traditions to share their experiences and opinions about religion's impact on the family in the form of blogs and interviews.

Gender A-Z Subtopics

Narrow your search for Gender content by selecting from this list of subtopics


May 22, 2023

Gender, Religion, and Forced Migration (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 22 minutes

April 25, 2023

Celebrating the Visibility, Vitality, and Voice of Catholic Sisters (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 40 minutes

April 17, 2023

Faith, Feminism, and Being Unfinished: The Question of Women’s Ordination (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 41 minutes


Blog Posts


Discover the firsthand experiences of faith leaders, activists, and peacebuilding practitioners working on issues ranging from development and education to conflict resolution and foreign policy.

For over a decade, Berkley Center scholars and students have been conducting interviews with individuals working at the intersection of religion and world affairs. These discussions offer unique insights into the inner workings of a wide spectrum of professions touched by religion with interviewees ranging from the highest levels of leadership of international organizations to on-the-ground practitioners. Explore individual interviews here or follow links to our interview collections below:

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