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New report: Women in Religious Peacebuilding

by Adam Bray on June 17, 2011

A new report published by the United States Institute of Peace, the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs highlights the critical and often invisible role women play in peacebuilding and a key source of their inspiration: their faith. Click here to read a summary or download the report.

Women in Religious Peacebuilding draws attention to women’s roles in religious efforts at building peace.  According to the authors, women tend to be marginalized in formal religious conventions, but this marginalization has “freed women from institutional constraints, and behind the scenes, they have worked creatively to build peace. In addition, pathbreaking women have attained some formal recognition in religious institutions and have used it to bolster peacebuilding work.”

“Women involved in peacebuilding tend to gravitate to efforts that entail sustained interfaith and intrafaith relationship building, approaching peace work from a holistic perspective that highlights the community. Women’s abilities to reach across lines of difference in tense environments, lead nonviolent protests, and mobilize communities, as well as their engagement with the theological aspects of gender roles in peace, holds the promise to change discourse and preconceptions about how religious organizations can be involved in peacebuilding work.”

 

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