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Womens Task Force at the Parliament of the World's Religions

At the Parliament of the World's Religions in 2009, Jimmy Carter challenged the world to recognize the powerful link between religion and women's issues:

"Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths.  Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries."

The Women's Task Force has taken up this challenge, developing a multi-generational action plan to assure that the voices of women are heard at the vital nexus of women's issues and religion.  Working in partnership with major religious, interfaith and women's organizations, the Women's Task Force will anchor both collaborative and grassroots projects to amplify the voices and affirm the spiritual leadership of the world's women.

The Women's Task Force Action Plan for 2012-2013 includes:

  • building a dynamic, engaged community of women representing diverse faith perspectives, affiliated organizations and global women's issues.
  • convening a series of six regional events in major cities making visible women leaders from diverse faith traditions;
  • creating a strong presence at the 2013 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in March 2013 focusing on eliminating violence against women;
  • providing leadership to The Alchemy Project, a global alliance to amplify women's faith voices;
  • funding development to assure that indigenous women, low-income women, young women, elders and rural grassroots women from all parts of the world are invited and supported to bring ther wisdom and leadership to CPWR and wherever women's issues are being discussed in a religious or interfaith context; 
  • engaging diverse young women spiritual and thought leaders;
  • creating a platform to support local grassroots women's sacred listening circles;
  • creating and supporting opportunities to address the critical questions of how religions contribute to violence against women and how religions can contribute to ending violence against women

Co-Chairs of the Women's Task Force

Anne Benvenuti

Phyllis Curott

Kathe Schaaf


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