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Panel Discussion on Religion, Fundamentalisms and Human Rights

On 4 March 2011 from 13.00 to 15.00, the ICHRP and the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) held a discussion on religious fundamentalisms and human rights and launched the latest AWID publication Towards a Future without Fundamentalisms: Religious Fundamentalist Strategies and Feminist Responses.

This event was held alongside the 16th session of the Human Rights Council.

The goal of this event was to share experiences and analysis of women’s rights activists across religions and regions and to discuss and understand how fundamentalist agendas impact human rights, the international human rights system, and the implications for human rights advocacy.

Panelists included Farida Shaheed, UN Independent Expert in the field of Cultural Rights; Dawn Cavanagh, Coalition of African Lesbians; and Cassandra Balchin, Research Consultant for AWID. The panel was chaired by Lydia Alpizar, Executive Director, AWID.



Cassandra Balchin, Research Consultant for AWID Farida Shaheed, UN Independent Expert in the field of Cultural Rights Lydia Alpizar, Executive Director, AWID

They answered our questions:

What is your definition of religious fundamentalism?
Cassandra Balchin

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Farida Shaheed

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In your view what are the two biggest threats posed by religious fundamentalisms to human rights, and more specifically to women’s rights?
Cassandra Balchin

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Lydia Alpizar

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Farida Shaheed

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In your view, what are the steps international human rights organisations need to take to counter the threats from religious fundamentalisms?
Cassandra Balchin

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Lydia Alpizar

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Farida Shaheed

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What tools can the work of AWID and ICHRP provide for activists and others adversely impacted by religious fundamentalisms?
Cassandra Balchin

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Lydia Alpizar

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Can you give us one example of how fundamentalisms have impacted human rights?
Cassandra Balchin

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Lydia Alpizar

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