Keeping the Faith: Overcoming Religious Fundamentalisms


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ARROWs For Change, published by the Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Vol. 14 Nos. 1 & 2 2008

“The impulse to strictly conform to sacred texts and moral codes dates back a long time. To comprehend why and how such impulses arise, discussions on religious fundamentalisms and their historical
contexts are necessary. More pragmatically,a fuller understanding of the dynamics of religious fundamentalisms—especially as they affect women’s rights—helps identify and create potential spaces where strategic advocacies could be pursued.”
This edition of ARROW’s ARROWs For Change publication contains:
  • Hindu Fundamentalisms in India: Examining Impact and Responses by the Women’s Movements, by Chayanika Shah, member of two feminist collectives based in Mumbai, India—Forum Against Oppression of Women and Lesbians and Bisexuals in Action.
  • Challenging Islamic Fundamentalism: Asserting Muslim Women’s Sexuality and Rights in Marriage, Family and Society, by Norani Othman, Founding and Board Member, Sisters in Islam, Malaysia; Principal Research Fellow and Professor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
  • Growing Fundamentalisms: A Grave Apprehension for Women’s Rights in Pakistan, by Shahnaz Iqbal, Programme Coordinator, Shirkat Gah Women Resource Centre.
  • Beyond Legality: Abortion and Reproductive Health in the Philippines, by Carolina S. Ruiz, Board Chairperson, Womenlead Foundation, Inc. and Professorial Lecturer, University of the Philippines College of Law.
  • Tackling gender and sexual discrimination in Buddhism, by Ouyporn Khuankaew, Co-Founder and Director, International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice (IWP).
  • Monitoring Country Activities
  • Resourced from the Information and Documentation Centre
  • Definitions
  • Impacts of Religious Fundamentalisms on Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights
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