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Background information on the โ€œReligion, Politics and Gender Equality Projectโ€

The Heinrich Bรถll Foundation and UNRISD have carried out a large research project since October 2007. Key question of this project is the impact of politicized religion on womenโ€™s opportunities to pursue equality with men. The project therefore explores (1) how religion and politics interact in different national settings, and (2) how this nexus affects gender equality and feminist politics.

Eleven commissioned research papers on Chile, India, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Serbia, Turkey and the U.S., encompassing both โ€œdevelopedโ€ and โ€œdevelopingโ€ countries with populations belonging to diverse religious traditions (including Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Jewish), reflect on these two key questions. In so doing they engage with some of the most contested contemporary issues: the promises of โ€œactually existingโ€ secularisms and their discontents; the social and political forces pushing religious organizations and discourses into the public and political arena; and the implications for human rights agendas, and womenโ€™s rights agendas more specifically, when religions โ€œgo publicโ€. What the research underlines is that from the point of view of womenโ€™s rights to equality, autonomy and bodily integrity, there is much at stake in how religion and politics intertwine.

For more information on the project see http://www.gwi-boell.de/de/web/index_1376.htm and http://www.unrisd.org/research/gd/religionandgender.

The cooperation with openDemocracy, HIVOS and AWID and the announced website launch are part of the follow-up phase of this project, intended to disseminate the research results as widely as possible and to instigate further debate through the net.

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