WOW Festival: smashing the stained glass ceiling

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Can you be religious and a feminist? Does faith help or hinder gender equality and what are women of faith doing about it?

Panelists: Polly Harrar (Sharan Project), Akeela Ahmed (She Speaks We Hear, Government adviser & CMF Family Specialist), Ruth Yamika Awogbade (Magnify magazine), Dina Brawer (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance), Revd Lucy Winkett (St James's Church, Piccadilly) & panel chair Catriona Robertson (Christian Muslim Forum).

The Weston Roof Pavillion was packed out for the women and faith session last month, with latecomers standing at the back. The Christian Muslim Forum and the Southbank Centre worked together on finding a great line-up and topic for the Women of the World Festival, marking International Women's Day.

The panel and discussion revealed how structures and behaviour which undervalue women are being challenged and changed, both within religious organisations and in wider society.

A workshop on women in places of worship followed, led by Fatuma Khaireh, Revd Anna Macham and Halima Khanom.  Activist hubs on refugees and young women at work were offered by Huda Jawad, Angharad Thain and Shaheen Sattar.  Our thanks go to the panelists and hub leaders and to the Near Neighbours Programme for support.

Tea and cake followed, with the formation of the Feminist Interfaith Network, which will be meeting again this summer.  If you would like to be involved, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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