Engaging Faith-Based and Religious Leaders in the Spotlight Initiative

Octobre 2021
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Spotlight Initiative

The relationship between religion and gender equality is deeply complex. Religion plays a vital role in shaping cultural, social, economic, and political norms in many parts of the world. Similarly, gender roles and the status of women and men in society are deeply tied to the manner in which religious texts have been interpreted for centuries by those in positions of authority—positions held predominantly by men. The role of faith-based organizations and actors in the gender equality agenda is equally multifaceted - while often rooted in patriarchal
traditions, they are also among the most powerful agents of social change.

The Spotlight Initiative emphasizes the important role that traditional and religious leaders play in “moving the needle” to end harmful practices and transform cultural norms around violence against women and girls (VAWG).

In this 2-pager, the Spotlight Initiative presents its work with traditional and religious leaders on ending violence against women and girls. 


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