There’s a lot of recognition of how faith the role that faith can play in the work of peace activists, in certain peace movements, in calls for social justice around the world. And, so, whywhywhy is it so unusual that when it comes to gender justice, when it comes to women’s rights advocacy that faith isn’t going to play an important role Traditionally, secular feminism, especially as it’s understood within the West, has been very resistant to religion. Especially when it comes to advocating for women’s rights. There really hasn’t been a place for religion in that.
More recently, there’s been this attention on religious feminism and Islamic feminism, in particular. Many Muslim women their religion is an important part of their identity, their personal identity, and an important part of their advocacy work. There’s actually great potential for, uh, religious and secular frameworks of women’s rights to be compatible and complimentary with each other. As long as that partnership recognizes women as agents of their own religiosity. That women are agents in how they how they identify with their religion, that their lived experiences with their religion is important, is legitimate.
That their interpretations of their own religion is important and legitimate. It may be different from traditional religious authority, it may be the same, but, we need to pay attention to those experiences and their perspectives that have often been silenced. From a secular feminist perspective, if we are not taking that into account, if we are not willing to engage women’s own understanding of religion, their own agency in their religiosity, then we’re silencing women. We’re silencing women on a very important part of their identity. We’ve got to look beyond the religious institution, which is largely patriarchal.
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