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Gender

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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
Department of Sociology and Department of Theology

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Jocelyne Cesari

Senior Fellow
Department of Government

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Katherine Marshall

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

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Project Spotlight

Interviews

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

Publications

Book June 27, 2017

Islam, Gender, and Democracy in Comparative Perspective

Edited by Jocelyne Cesari and José Casanova, Islam, Gender, and Democracy in Comparative Perspective focuses on women, religion, secularism, and democracy across different religious traditions and national contexts. It examines comparatively the situation of emergent Muslim democracies, as well as non-democratic cases. The book highlights the influence of transnational movements and feminist…

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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.

Videos

January 2, 2018

Islam, Gender, and Democracy in Comparative Perspective (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 35 minutes

May 5, 2015

Development, Diplomacy, and Gender: A Conversation in Honor of Carol Lancaster (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 26 minutes

February 23, 2015

Religious Communities and Responses to Sexual Violence (Video)

Duration: 50 minutes