Melbourne: Religious leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions addressed faith responses to family violence and violence against women.
Regional Interfaith Dialogues have affirmed the increase of gender diversity in Interfaith activities. The work of women in sharing, participation, humanitarian initiatives, development and peace-building is expanding.
Interfaith practitioners believe that all human beings have moral, spiritual and intellectual capacities which could be best developed towards the attainment of human dignity.
Education at all levels and in various contexts can play a significant role in promoting interfaith understanding and cooperation. The contribution of women in religious and faith communities is increasing, and cements the non-formal and informal education in human and religious values which provides the foundations for peace and harmony, cooperation and respect in society and culture.
Regional Interfaith Dialogue recommends the development of mechanisms by which the role of women in interfaith activity can be further recognised, including through the establishment of women’s interfaith forums and by providing training and support.
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The landscape of women’s participation has experienced significant change mostly in the area of awareness. All of us, men and women alike, have gender roles firmly embedded within us. The more we all try to pretend they do not exist, the less conscious we are of our own behaviors that promote inequality. Discussion of these issues openly is a first step to dealing with them and getting more women involved in the process of peace.
The Union Theological Seminary in New York is partnering with the Jewish Theological Seminary in an experiment in which 12 Christian, Jewish and Muslim women will be divided into small groups to meet regularly and, if funding can be found, live together.
The European Council of Religious leaders recently issued a declaration on restoring the dignity of women and ending violence.
A first-ever event of its kind on interfaith by women for women arranged by Dr Marilyn Wyatt, wife of the American Ambassador, and her team was a breath of fresh air and the platform for an array of women to give voice and shape to their unity as Pakistani women from many faiths.
It took the jury in Kingston, Ontario some 15 hours to return a guilty verdict against three members of the Afghan-Canadian Shafia family in a case that shocked Canada and North America. Mohammad Shafia, 58, his wife Tooba Yahya, 42, and their 21-year-old son, Hamed, were sentenced to life imprisonment on Jan. 29 for the premeditated killing in 2009 of the couple’s three teenage daughters, Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, and that of Mohammad Shafia’s first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad. The Shafia girls wanted to live like ordinary Canadian teenagers, but their father viewed this lifestyle as a violation of his own interpretation of “honour.”
The Jewish Taskforce Against Family Violence together with The Rabbinical Council of Victoria held a book launch for the ground breaking publication, “WILL MY RABBI BELIEVE ME? Will He Understand?” Responding to Disclosures of Family Violence in a Rabbinic Context, on Tuesday, November 15, 2011.