Gender Equality and Empowerment

The PaRD Gender Equality and Empowerment
work-stream focuses on SDG5:
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Religious actors play an important role in the formation of people’s values, norms of acceptable behaviour and life roles. Consequently, religious actors occupy a unique position to make trans- formational and sustained progress towards gender equality and empowerment.

The work-stream focuses its work on the topic of sexual and genderbased violence.

While it must be acknowledged that religious actors can be part of the problem of gender injustice by underpinning discriminatory practices, they are increasingly becoming, and seen as part of the solution.

The work-stream pays particular attention to increasing understanding of this crucial topic as well as improved religious literacy within the international community and in religious communities and organizations. To that end, the work-stream is working on a comprehensive analysis of religious engagement on sexual and gender-based violence as a baseline for its future activities.


  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Islamic Relief Worldwide
  • Side by Side

Key event in 2019:

  • Two side events to the UN Commission on the Status of Women - please see links to the right