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When we think about religion, what often comes to mind is restricted access to contraception (let alone abortion), proclamations comparing women’s bodies to uncovered meat (and other, less extreme, embraces of female modesty), and debates about veils and burqas. Women’s bodies often serve as battlegrounds for values and ideas.

But that’s not the full story. For centuries, religious women have been involved in challenging the patriarchy by reconsidering practices, scriptures and theologies from the perspective of women’s rights. And religious women around the world have included both feminism and faith in their daily lives.

Celebrating diversity is a cornerstone of modern feminism … how does that extend to religion? In conversation with women of various faiths, we’ll look at how religion and feminism can coexist, and strengthen their lives and identities.


Alyena Mohummadally

Alyena Mohummadally is a Pakistani-Australian queer Muslim woman who spent many years as a community legal centre lawyer before recently retraining as a primary school teacher.  She is currently writing a cookbook on modern Australian cuisine with a Pakistani twist, and her two young sons are h... Read more

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of the acclaimed memoir The Hate Race, the award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the poetry collections Carrying The World and How Decent Folk Behave, and many other books for adults and children. Her forthcoming poetry collection is It’s The S... Read more

Bernadette Tobin

Bernadette Tobin is one of the most original and respected voices in Catholic Health Care Ethics. She is Director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics, a joint centre of Australian Catholic University and St Vincents & Mater Health Sydney, and Reader in Philosophy at Australian Catholic University.... Read more

Jordy Silverstein

Jordy is a historian and writer. She is the author of Anxious Histories: Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century (Berghahn Books, 2015), co-editor of In the Shadows of Memory: The Holocaust and the Third Generation (Vallentine Mitchell, 2016), and h... Read more


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