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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.

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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...
July 28, 2009 posted by Julie and Scott Zeilinger*My family’s feminism is rooted deeply in our Jewish heritage. As Jews, my family has been...
December 16, 2009 posted by admin The Christian Science Monitor featured several articles this week on the veil and the Muslim Women's Movement. They...


  • April 5, 2010

    A ban on the full veil in the United States would be unthinkable. This is in significant part owing to America's relatively small Muslim population, and its history of successfully assimilating generations of immigrants who have come to her shores...

  • April 3, 2010

    "Even with a mother, Mary, at the center of the Christian story, the women of today's church have found themselves marginalized and preached to amid the interminable revelations of the sexual-abuse scandals.

    "The chasm between the...

  • March 31, 2010

    A Belgian parliamentary committee has voted to ban face-covering Islamic veils from being worn in public.  The home affairs committee voted unanimously to endorse the move, which must be approved by parliament for it to become law....

  • March 25, 2010

    Quebec Premier Jean Charest and his cabinet have introduced sweeping legislation that effectively bars Muslim women from receiving or delivering public services while wearing a niqab.

    According to the draft law, they would not be able to consult...

  • March 15, 2010

    The French parliament is to vote on a proposal to ban the face covering known as the niqab or burqa.  BBC Wales reporter Selma Chalabi looks at what is happening in France and finds out how Muslims in Wales are responding.