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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.

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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

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Project Spotlight


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:

Blog Posts


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

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.


August 6, 2020

Islam and Western Secular Modernity (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 13 minutes

June 30, 2020

Young Women of Faith and Transformative Leadership in COVID-19 Response (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 1 minutes

November 10, 2019

Confronting the Church’s Crisis (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 34 minutes