Contributions of the Conference Speakers and Working Groups

Contributions of the Conference Speakers and Working Groups

Friday, June 5, 2009

Welcome addresses

Keynote speeches and discussion

  • José Casanova (Georgetown University, Washington, DC):
    "The Politicization of Religion: Public Religions Revisited" [ » pdf file]
  • Anne Phillips (London School of Economics and Political Science, London):
    "Religion: Ally, threat, or just religion?"


Saturday, June 6, 2009


Working groups

  1. Religious Feminists – Allies in the struggle for women’s rights? [ » pdf file]
    Chair: Homa Hoodfar (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)
  2. Welfare provision by faith-based organizations – danger to women’s rights or necessary addition to the state? [ » pdf file]
    Chairs: Asef Bayat (Leiden University, the Netherlands) and Azza Karam (UNFPA)
  3. Multiculturalism and Muslim immigrant women’s rights and choices in Western Europe [ » pdf file]
    Chair: Gökce Yurdakul (Humboldt-University Berlin)
  4. Religious fundamentalisms – feminist understandings and counter strategies [ » pdf file]
    Chair: Cassandra Balchin (Consultant for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, UK)
  5. Religion, politics and family laws [ » pdf file]
    Chairs: Mariz Tadros (Institute of Development Studies, UK) and Ruth Halperin-Kaddari (CEDAW Experts Committee and Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

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    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.


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