RISING Women Ulama: Women Leadership for Peace, Prosperity and Pluralism

Date: Thursday 15 March 2018

Time: 11am-1pm

Venue: London, Palace of Westminster, House of Lords

 

 

What can we learn from women peacebuilders in pluralist societies?

RISING Women Ulama: Women Leadership for Peace, Prosperity and Pluralism celebrated the unique role of Muslim women in Indonesia in helping to build peaceful and democratic communities.

Taking place on Thursday 15 March 2018 in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London, the home of UK government, the event welcomed a range of special guest speakers from Indonesia and India who led a lively discussion, drawing on their own experiences and learnings of women building peace in pluralist societies.

As a key focus for the event, the speakers shared how the recent emergence of women ulama (Islamic scholars) in Indonesia is allowing peace to flourish in Indonesia, the world’s 4th largest country.

The women ulama embrace Wasatiyah Islam, a middle path Islam that is inclusive, accommodating and tolerant, providing space for peace, democracy and the independence of women in a pluralist society.

Attendees at Indonesia’s first major gathering for Muslim female clerics, the Kongress Ulama Perempuan Indonesia, held in Cirebon, West Java, on April 25-27. Image: Priyanka Borpujari, News Deeply

For many in the Muslim world, the achievements of women ulama signal new possibilities for a progressive and inclusive Islam for the 21st century and enhance Indonesia’s potential leadership role in this regard.

With this inspirational background setting the tone of the discussion, the event explored how similar models of peacebuilding could be applied to other societies, empowering women to empower societies around the world.

 


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RISING Women Ulama – Pre-event Press Release

RISING Women Ulama – Brochure

RISING Women Ulama – Full Speaker Addresses

 


Meet the speakers and see their full speeches:   

Welcome address:

Professor Mike Hardy CMG OBE – Professor of Intercultural Relations and Executive Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations in Coventry, UK and RISING Global Peace Forum

 

Special guest speakers:

Dwi Rubiyanti Kholifah – Indonesia Country Director for the Asian Muslim Action Network and winner of an N-Peace Award in 2016

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Faqihuddin Abdul Kodir – Founder of the Fahmina Foundation for gender, democracy and pluralism and General Secretary of the Alimat equality movement

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Badriyah Fayumi Munji – Steering Committee Chair of the 2017 Indonesian Women Scholars Congress, Chair of the Alimat equality movement and Islamic school Co-Director

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Kamala Chandrakirana – Founder of Indonesia’s National Commission on Violence Against Women and of the Musawah global movement for equality and justice

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Professor Nishi Mitra vom Berg – Professor and Chair of the Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies, at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

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Professor Azyumardi Azra CBE – Senior Professor of Islamic History and Culture and Director of the Graduate School at Sharif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Jakarta, Indonesia

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Closing address:

Lord John Alderdice FRCPsych – Member of UK Parliament,  Chairman of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building in Belfast, Northern Ireland and House of Lords event host.