Gender inequality, sexual violence, female genital mutilation, discrimination based on sex, sexism,
misogyny, stereotyping, scapegoating. Why do these problems affect women in today’s society?
What are the root causes and the drivers that got us here?
What role might traditional interpretations of sacred texts play in undermining women’s
development, leadership, and economic empowerment?
Religion is a source for ethical-based values in society, yet the tendency has been to perpetuate
traditional interpretations of foundational sacred texts without relying on critical thinking.
In the Beirut Declaration, faith-based and civil society actors working in the field of human rights
committed to “(…) revisit, each within our respective areas of competence, those religious
understandings and interpretations that appear to perpetuate gender inequality and harmful
stereotypes or even condone gender-based violence.”
In this webinar, we will explore how various faith traditions have interpreted the role of women,
and at an interfaith level, explore how the holy texts can be an inspiration in securing religious
The webinar “Made in the Image of God: The Role of Sacred Texts in Helping or Hindering Gender
Equality” takes place on Tuesday, 17 August, at 6 pm CEST and will have a duration of one hour
followed by a Q&A.
Moderator: Dr Elizabeta Kitanovic, Executive Secretary for Human Rights, CEC
Speakers: Prof. Dr Azza Karam, Secretary-General of Religions for Peace; His Eminence Metropolitan
Emmanuel, Metropolitan Elder of Chalcedon, KAICIID- Board of Directors; Ms Sharon Rosen, Global
Director of Religious Engagement, Search for Common Ground; Ms Audrey E. Kitagawa, President
of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation; Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji,
Secretary-General of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance; Ms Rachel Rose Nelson, Executive
Director of Freedom Business Alliance and member of the IF20 Gender Equality Working Group.