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An all-day seminar has taken place under the Patronage of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Sala Aldo Moro, Piazzale della Farnesina, 1, Roma) on “Women, Faith and Culture” where Ambassador Gingrich of the USA Embassy to Holy See has given her Opening Remarks .

   Women make a difference in society and in international relations as agents of peace and promoters of development. According to the Women and Foreign Policy Program of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), their contribution in aforementioned areas is distinctive. They frequently cover responsibility roles in venture capital projects, and their work as negotiators in case of conflict is highly valuable. However their role is still marginalized in some societies due to both religious and cultural taboos. Understanding the reciprocal relationship between cultural and religious norms is critical.

The goal of this interdisciplinary seminar has been  to foster collaboration among religious and secular actors in the shaping of foreign policies and public

discourses on the rights of women. Participating scholars traveled to Rome from North Africa, Asia, Europe and the U.S. The seminar was subdivided in different sessions. The first sessions focused on the role and status of women from the perspective of philosophy, theology, and sociology. The last two sessions concentrated on the role that religions and governments can play in shaping policies and public discourse pertaining to the rights of women.

At the conclusion of the seminar, participants have drafted some policy recommendations for governments and/or religious communities of their respective countries.

This seminar has been made possible thanks to the donation of the US Embassy to the Holy See, the Makhzoumi Foundation, the Russell Berry Foundation and Turkish Airlines.

We also acknowledge with thanks the Patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI).

Please note hereunder the links to you tube for relevant  presentations of the scholars:

Callista L. Gingrich https://youtu.be/OJG0qKX8WFI                                                              May-Makhzoumi https://youtu.be/OOkp9jH6Md0

Professor Azizah al-ibri https://youtu.be/Ur6q1ixVt38                                                            Sara-Borrillo https://youtu.be/lNXzUODYleg 

Rabbi Naomi Kalish https://youtu.be/u7ss7Xjrqlo                                                                   Rabbi-Jack-Bemporad https://youtu.be/Qqlh4NgPXY8 

Professor Joyceline Cesari https://youtu.be/LPut7vf2xPI                                                       Amineh-Hoti  https://youtu.be/rFW6sCLREic

 Professor Angela Ales Bello https://youtu.be/GU5w-pfJQOA






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