“I am first a Buddhist, second a feminist”

In an interview, Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhunī, the first fully ordained Thai Theravada Buddhist nun, speaks about the struggle for female ordination in Thailand and expresses her hopes for progress.

By Srijula Yongstar, Florian Reinold


Import Ban on Bridal Dresses

Wedding ceremonies have become ruinous for many Afghans. A new law now aims at limiting the expenses. The good intention of the initiative is tarnished, however, because the draft at the same time sanctions heavy governmental interference into personal affairs. Ten years after the fall of the Taliban, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs revives the institution of moral guards. 

By Bente Aika Scheller

Research Project

Religion, Politics and Gender Equality

Religion has an important function in the public and political life of many societies, and from the point of view of women’s rights to equality, there is much at stake in how religion and politics intertwine. For that purpose the Heinrich Boell Foundation conducts an extensive research project in collaboration with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) which includes case studies from 11 countries.


Religion has an important function in the public and political life of many societies that also affects the relations between the sexes and women’s (and men’s) rights. Still, how do religion and politics mingle precisely and what are the concrete social and political consequences of this mixture from a gender perspective?

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