How can Religious Literacy and Freedom of Religion or Belief Literacy Inform Partnerships, Especially for Promoting Gender Equality?

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An international collaboration on evidence for faith actors’ activities, contributions, and challenges to achieving humanitarian and development goals. Founded in 2012, JLI came together with a single shared conviction: there is an urgent need to build our collective understanding, through evidence, of faith actors in humanitarianism and development.

Peer-to-Peer learning webinar co-hosted by OHCHR, UNFPA, UNWOMEN and The JLI/SVRI Faith and GBV Hub


  • Nahla Haider, Vice-Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
  • Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • Dr Nora Khalaf-Elledge, Post-doctoral Fellow at the Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Dr Dicky Sofjan, Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, Graduate School, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

The webinar was facilitated by Ibrahim Salama, Chief, Human Rights Treaties Branch, OHCHR, and Dr Olivia Wilkinson, Director of Research, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities.

Speakers with experience working in the field of FoRB and gender equality presented key definitions, experiences, and lessons learned to identify promising practices/strategies for increasing religious literacy and furthering gender equality. Challenges and opportunities were discussed in light of concrete examples, such as the work of Universitas Gadjah Mada on religious literacy in Indonesia. A lively discussion on the role of faith actors in preventing FoRB violations and gender-based violence, and in creating opportunities for religious literacy among faith and non-faith actors, ensued. A short video affirming the 18 commitments on Faith for Rights was shown to conclude the session.

See the peer-to-peer learning snapshots here and posted on the OHCHR webpage.