G20 Interfaith Forum | Panel on Gender, Racism and Structural Discrimination | parliamentofreligions.org

G20 Interfaith Forum | Panel on Gender, Racism and Structural Discrimination

Interfaith Movement, G20 Interfaith Forum, Audrey Kitagawa

Inequality, of opportunity and of perceptions of what is fair and what is not, are central issues that global policymakers need to address. That includes religious leaders and communities, both as prophetic voices seeking action and accountability, and in addressing inequalities within their own communities. This panel discussion frames the issues around human dignity and notions of fairness, including obstacles and opportunities for economic and social participation. How do differing traditions reflect and apply cultural and religious norms? How can religious communities contribute to healing with respect to patterns of racial discrimination and reversing structural injustice? With respect to gender, women’s equality is a central issue, from wage gaps, exclusion from political processes, and undue burdens of caring. How can religious communities contribute more to empowering women, especially when traditional cultural norms often perpetuate inequality including in many religious institutions and practices?

Guiding questions:

• How can religious communities contribute to solving problems of racial injustice?

• How might purposeful approaches including inclusive dialogue processes empower women from all strata of societies to play more active and leading roles in interreligious relationships?

• What are the consequences of structural inequality on social cohesion? • How have religious communities contributed to support vulnerable women?

Moderator: Dr. Nawal Alhawsawi, Marriage and family therapist and mental health counsellor; KAICIID Fellow


• H.E. Adama Dieng, former UN Special Adviser of the Secretary-General of the Prevention of Genocide

• Dr. Ganoune Diop, Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Maryland, USA

• Ms. Audrey Kitagawa, Chair of the Board of the Parliament of the World’s Religions

• Imam Yahya Pallavicini, President of the Comunità Religiosa Islamica Italiana (COREIS) in Italy

• Ms. Asha Ramgobin, Director of Human Rights Development Initiative, South Africa

• Ms. Lisa Winther, Senior Human Rights Advisor at the Stefanusalliansen, Norway

• Mr. Peter Prove, Director of International Affairs at World Council of Churches