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Freedom of religion or
belief, gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals: Enabling
positive synergies

Launch of the Expert Consultation process on Freedom of Religion or Belief, gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals                                                                  Thursday March 7th
from 11.30 to 13.09                                                                        Palais des Nations, Room XXII
(Building E), Geneve  

This is the launch of a one-year expert consultation process on freedom of religion or belief, gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals. The purpose of the process is to explore the positive synergies, dilemmas and obstacles that may emerge in this relationship, and to discuss and draw up indicative examples of possible future projects showcasing the positive synergies identified. The process will convene and mobilise a diverse constituency of actors in support of freedom of religion or belief and gender equality, including both faith-based and secular perspectives, with the purpose to identify areas of common ground and encourage common action.

The process is organised by Denmark and Norway, in cooperation with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UNFPA, the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development, the Stefanus Alliance and the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

 

PROGRAMME

11.30            Welcome

Michael Suhr, Special Representative on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Aud Marit Wiig, Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

11.40            Freedom of religion or belief, gender equality and the SDGs: Exploring the synergies

                      Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

11.50            Panel conversation

Moderated by Ibrahim Salama, Human Rights Treaties Branch, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Azza Karam, UNFPA/UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development

                     

Kathleen Thein, Hindu Women Association, Myanmar

Nahla Haidar, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

        Nasaruddin Umar, Grand Imam, Istiqlal Mosque, Indonesia                          

        Nontando Hadebe, Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, South Africa

        Simona Cruciani, UN Office on Genocide Prevention and Responsibility to Protect

                  Yehuda Stolov, Interfaith Encounter Association, Israel 

12.50          Concluding remarks

Ibrahim Salama, Human Rights Treaties Branch, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Azza Karam, UNFPA/UN Inter-Agency   Taskforce on Religion and Development