WOMEN'S DIGNITY

Parliament Women's Task Force

Today we are at a watershed moment for women’s rights and human dignity. From the historic women’s marches to sexual harassment scandals and social media campaigns such as #metoo, women have been speaking out in bold new ways and serious attention is being given to women’s issues world-wide. Women’s empowerment has taken center stage and the 2018 Parliament will be a major voice in this expanding movement.

Since its inception, the Parliament of World Religions has been an advocate for women. Women were speakers at the 1893 Parliament including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, author of the Women’s Bible, and Antoinette Brown Blackwell, the first ordained woman in America. The 1993 Parliament endorsed a Global Ethic with four Irrevocable Directives, including the Commitment to a Culture of Equal Rights and Partnership Between Men and Women. Women religious and spiritual leaders were featured at the 1993, 1999, 2004, and 2009 Parliaments, and in 2015, an Inaugural Women’s Assembly was held with over 3,500 participants that included the Declaration for the Dignity and Human Rights of Women. For the 2018 Parliament, the Women’s Task Force extended the Parliament’s legacy with exciting programs and initiatives. The title for the 2018 Parliament women’s programming was The Dignity of Women Across the World’s Wisdom Traditions and Society. Our initiatives leading up to the Parliament included:

  • Developing an International Declaration Against Sexual Violence that all religious dignitaries at the 2018 Parliament will be asked to sign (Co-sponsored with the FaithTrust Institute).

  • Adding 1,000 biographies of women religious and spiritual leaders to Wikipedia to bring attention to women’s religious and spiritual leadership world-wide (co-sponsored with the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Women’s Caucus)

  • Creating a poster highlighting teachings about the dignity of women across the world’s wisdom traditions, as well as launching a Dignity of Women scholar initiative to bring the best religious teachings to the public in accessible and easily understandable formats.

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What is the Parliament’s Women’s Task Force?

The Parliament’s Women’s Task Force (PWTF) was created to support women’s leadership and programming at and between Parliaments and at critical institutions, including the United Nations, and to assure that women’s voices are heard at the vital nexus of women’s dignity, human rights, religion, and spirituality. The PWTF seeks to create opportunities for women from a broad range of religious and spiritual traditions to engage with one another in interfaith conversations, inspirations, and actions that seek to enhance the well-being, dignity and human rights of women of all faiths. 

Contact the WTF Assistant

If you’re interested in supporting the work or enhancing the reach of the Parliament Women’s Task Force, please get in touch with us at info@parliamentofreligions.org

Women's Dignity Poster

The Parliament of the World's Religion's Women's Task Force (PWTF), in partnership with the Women's Caucus at the American Academy of Religion, has created this Dignity of Women Interfaith Wisdom Poster. The poster highlights wisdom teachings that support the Dignity of Women from various religious, wisdom, and faith traditions. Alicia Panganiban and Dr.

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