GIN-SSOGIE’s Executive Director, Rev. Toni Kruger-Ayebazibwe, will be on the panel of speakers at the Women Deliver session on Transformative Partnerships with Faith Actors to Advance Gender Equality, on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 from 13.30 – 15.00 CAT in Room AD-10.1. Find out more on how to register for the Women Deliver Conference 2023 here.
More than 80% of the world’s population identify with a religious or faith group. As the pushback against progressive values and advancing gender equality grows stronger, it is crucial to find trusted messengers and sources of influence within all communities, including faith leaders, and women and youth of faith in all of their diversity.
In building out these partnerships, it is important to highlight that faith actors who are women, youth, and LGBTQIA+ people typically suffer multiple and intersecting dimensions of discrimination due to their gender, sexuality and religious beliefs. This causes hesitancy among both secular and religious actors to include them in advancing gender equality or participating in broader inclusion and peacebuilding processes.
This Women Deliver session will offer the opportunity to rethink and discuss approaches to empowering the gender equality movement, including those who participate and shape the process with their unique experience and added value to foster inclusive and co-created spaces. Conversations within the session will focus on dialogue between faith and secular participants to reimagine partnerships in 5 key areas: 1) supporting life skills education; 2) breaking joint barriers faced by youth in the secular and faith spaces; 3) transforming masculinities to address gender-based violence and other harmful practices; 4) sharing language, narratives and messaging that has been successful within conservative spaces; and 5) addressing backlash against marginalized populations.