Religion, Politics and Gender Equality

Contrary to modernist predictions that religion would retreat into a private
zone of worship and practice, recent decades have seen religion become
increasingly salient on the political stage worldwide. Does this matter?
From the point of view of women’s rights and gender equality, much is at
stake. UNRISD research shows that politicized religion impinges on
women’s rights in problematic ways. The challenge to gender equality
comes not just from fundamentalist agendas, but also from those who
instrumentalize women’s rights for political ends.

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