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  • The Research Programme Gender and Violence, The Nordic Academy for Advanced Study (NorFa)
  • Cultural Complexity, Strategic Research Programme, University of Oslo
  • Nordic Institute for Women's Studies and Gender Research
  • Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research, University of Oslo
  • Norad, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
  • Centre for Gender Equality, Norway
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Crossroads. Debating Women's Rights, Racism and Religion

Conference May 30 – June 1, 2005, University of Oslo

A forum for reflection on gender justice within and across culture, religion and ethnicity

Keynote speakers

Uma Narayan, Patricia McFadden, Frances Raday, Titia Loenen, Rachel Eapen Paul 

Crossroads. Debating Women

 

A principal aim of the conference was to initiate dialogue between minority and majority feminist researchers as well as activists and policy-makers. We wanted to address the complexities surrounding contested issues such as «white» and «black», «majority» and «minority», human rights and freedom of religious beliefs from a feminist perspective.

The «white» women’s movement has been criticized for not taking seriously the situation of «black» women or women with immigrant background. «White» feminists have been criticized for speaking on behalf of «black» feminists. These debates have been intense and in some instances irreconcilable. The intention of this conference was to open up a forum for discussion on these issues, conflicts and controversies. For example, what is «anti-racist feminism»? How can solidarity politics be expressed? What is the political status of women’s human rights?

Questions around women’s citizenship address all societal areas. There are strong conflicts between traditional religious systems that are based on gender-specific rights and obligations, and secular democratic ideals. The relations between religion and gender equality is a well-known «multicultural headache». Religious freedom and women’s human rights are burning issues in all societies and affect current discourses in feminism. We wanted to provide a forum for reflections on gender justice within and across culture, religion and ethnicity.

Organizing committee

Beatrice Halsaa, Professor, Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research, University of Oslo

Anne Hellum, Professor of Law, Institute of Women’s Law, University of Oslo

Hege Skjeie, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo

Anja Bredal, Senior Researcher, Institute for Social Research, Oslo

Tordis Borchgrevink, Researcher II, Institute for Social Research, Oslo

Rachel Eapen Paul, Advisor, Centre for Gender Equality, Norway

Lotta Strandberg, Research Co-ordinator, Nordic Institute for Women's Studies and Gender Research

Beret Bråten, Senior Advisor, KILDEN Norwegian Information and Documentation Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research

Publisert: 15.04.2008
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