28.10.2020

UNGA75 Side Event: FoRB and Gender Equality

The event is co-organized by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Stefanus Alliance International, the Ralph Bunche Institute, and sponsored by the Danish and Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

Leaving no-one behind:

 

FoRB and gender equality in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals

 

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

09:30-11:00 (EST)

Digital platform: Zoom (see below for registration details)

 

 

The side-event was supposed to have taken place as a physical side-event at the HRC-meeting in March 2020, but covid-19 postponed it.

 

Hope you will join us.

 

The event is co-organized by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Stefanus Alliance International, the Ralph Bunche Institute, and sponsored by the Danish and Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

 

 

 

The side-event presents the key findings from two recent reports looking at challenges around freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) and gender equality in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In his recent report to the UN General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ahmed Shaheed, analyses the relationship between FoRB and the SDGs, demonstrating that religious or belief minorities are often among the people most likely to be left behind, suffering from discrimination, exclusion and inequality. Earlier this year, an Expert Consultation Process on FoRB, gender equality and the SDGs, co-organized by the UN Interagency Task-Force on Religion and Development, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, and Stefanus Alliance International, explored the relationship between FoRB and the SDGs from a gender perspective, focusing on the FoRB-related challenges that women and sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) minorities face, in relation to some key thematic SDGs e.g. health, education and access to justice.

 

Agenda 2030 makes an explicit commitment to ‘leave no-one behind’ and ‘to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality’. The successful implementation of the Agenda and its SDGs thus requires due attention to the right to freedom of religion or belief.

 

The digital side-event will present key findings from the two reports, discuss consequences that discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief may have for religious or belief minorities, and to explore ways in which the promotion and protection of FoRB may contribute to implementation of the SDGS ensuring that no-one is left behind, with the following participants:

 

  • Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • Tone Tinnes, Norwegian Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief and Michael Suhr, Danish Special Representative for Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • Marie Juul Petersen (Danish Institute for Human Rights)
  • Claire Thomas (Minority Rights Group International, UK and Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development)
  • Azza Karam (Religions for Peace)
  • Saumya Uma (O.P. Jindal Global University)

 

The event is co-hosted by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Stefanus Alliance International, and the Ralph Bunche Institute, and sponsored by the Danish and Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

 

Please RSVP by 26 October to elc@stefanus.no. Access data to Zoom will be shared on 27 October.