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Feminism, Religion and Interreligious Dialogue (IRD)

Online: Zoom Application
03:00 pm
15 Oct, 2019
Dr. Iman Bibars
Kaneez Fatima Saeed
The webinar will aim to examine the role of feminism in fostering interreligious dialogue while considering the specific challenges that women belonging to religious communities face, both within and outside of their communities.

Women’s engagement in inter and intra-religious dialogue is crucial, especially when it comes to gender issues. While some forms of discrimination against women and girls are diminishing, gender inequality continues to hold women back. Women have increasingly become aware of the need to challenge the misuse of religious arguments to deny their rights and have realized the empowerment gained by becoming actively involved.


Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/a5e1f233ad5874c34ac87b605f06faf5

Dr. Iman Bibars
Dr. Iman Bibars
A visionary for social entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment, Iman Bibars is the Vice President and Global Diaspora Leader of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and the Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World. With her direction, Ashoka Arab World has expanded to 11 countries in the MENA region, identifying and supporting more than 100 leading social entrepreneurs. Dr. Bibars co-founded Egypt’s first microfinance organization, the Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW), which supports impoverished female heads of household. With an international career spanning from UNICEF to the World Bank, she is a renowned social development expert, a sought-after trainer and consultant, and the author of several books. Dr. Bibars holds a PhD in Development Studies from Sussex University and a BA and MA in Political Science from The American University in Cairo. She was a Peace Fellow at Georgetown University and a Parvin Fellow at Princeton University.
Kaneez Fatima Saeed
COFEM is a global community of feminist activists who have come together to support learning and advocacy around women-centered approaches to addressing violence against women and girls. COFEM’s main focus is ensuring a feminist perspective and approaches in work to end violence against women and girls, and addressing issues of accountability to women and girls in work with men and boys to eradicate this violence. Since its inception in 2017, COFEM has been at the forefront of conversations aimed at promoting learning around feminist-informed efforts to address violence against women and girls.    Fatima is an activist, researcher and development practitioner from Pakistan. An ardent supporter of the women’s rights movement in South Asia, she has advocated extensively for the reform of laws and policies discriminating against women and children. Her efforts led to the establishment of a Gender and Child Cell at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Government of Punjab, Pakistan and the first ever mechanism for registration of home based women workers in Punjab, Pakistan. At present, she is helping the Center for Reproductive Rights expand the fight for reproductive justice in South Asia and Africa. She is a member of COFEM on whose behalf she advocates for feminist informed approaches to ending violence against women.  She is a graduate of Columbia University and the London School of Economics. In her spare time, she satisfies her sweet tooth while gorging on feminist literature and brainstorming ways to smash the patriarchy.