Religion & Spirituality

Many of the world’s religions have maintained a patriarchal view of creation, human society and gender roles to the detriment of equal rights for women and girls. But faith and feminism are not mutually exclusive as many religious leaders and communities today are finding common ground with social justice agendas, including recognition for women’s equality. Increasing numbers of women are entering ministry and rabbinical roles while feminist theorists are influencing theological interpretations and debates across many religious traditions. Nuns, religious and women congregants are also advocating for increased autonomy, responsibility and participation in theological and institutional decision-making.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana - Author Series Event

Date/Time: 
03/21/2011

— AUTHOR SERIES EVENT —
THE DRESSMAKER OF KHAIR KHANA: FIVE SISTERS, ONE REMARKABLE FAMILY, AND THE WOMAN WHO RISKED EVERYTHING TO KEEP THEM SAFE
   
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Fellow and Women and Foreign Policy Program Deputy Director,
Council on Foreign Relations

Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
40° 45' 21.9456" N, 73° 59' 38.2488" W

Mallika Dutt is the President and CEO of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for dignity, equality and justice. Ms. Dutt has served as Program Officer for Human Rights at the Ford Foundation's New Delhi Office and as the Associate Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University. She is a founder of SAKHI for South Asian Women. Ms. Dutt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on Boards of WITNESS, the Open Society Institute US Programs, and Games for Change, and on the Rights Working Group Steering Committee.

Location

New York, NY 10018
United States
40° 45' 21.9456" N, 73° 59' 38.2488" W

President & CEO, Breakthrough

Mallika Dutt is the President and CEO of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for dignity, equality and justice. Ms. Dutt has served as Program Officer for Human Rights at the Ford Foundation's New Delhi Office and as the Associate Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University. She is a founder of SAKHI for South Asian Women. Ms. Dutt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on Boards of WITNESS, the Open Society Institute US Programs, and Games for Change, and on the Rights Working Group Steering Committee.

HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM: Spirituality as a Vehicle for Social Change

By Daniela Jauk*

Considering that I am a sociologist and feminist, you might be surprised when I say a human rights approach to women’s, gender and sexual rights is important because it adds a spiritual component to our global social justice work. We have theoretically and practically moved into an era in which what is means to be a man or a woman have become blurry. A vast body of research has deconstructed the social notion of the male/female dichotomy, demonstrating that there is not enough biological evidence to draw a clear line between the sexes. A variety of transgender and genderqueer experiences as well as fluid sexualities increasingly enrich our societies. Regardless of how we identify or who we are attracted to, we all benefit from expanding recognition of gender and sexual diversity.


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