This blog highlights how women are especially vulnerable for FoRB violations, both because of their gender and their beliefs. 

Artsakh Women Demand a Safe Future for their Families and Community

The indigenous Christian Armenian population cherishes the small South Caucasus enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh which they know as Artsakh. Because Armenians were the first nation to accept Christianity as their state religion in 301 AD, Artsakh’s picturesque, rugged terrain of mountains, rich natural beauty, and breathtaking valleys are dotted with centuries-old Christian Armenian cathedrals and monasteries. Since last…

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Istanbul Ground Zero: Turkish Women’s Intersectional Sisterhood

Although Turkish women come from different walks of life – religiously observant to secular, traditional to modern, conservative to progressive – they increasingly feel the need to join forces to confront misogyny and the pervasive inequality that characterizes Turkey’s deepening patriarchy. Under the two-decade rule of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP), women’s rights…

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Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion/Belief – Connecting to the Common Good

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights addresses, not “FoRB” (the abbreviation of Freedom of Religion or Belief), but Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion/Belief. Article 18 holds that: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his [sic] religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or…

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Amplify Your NGO’s Purpose and Impact

Social enterprises­–organizations and businesses tackling social problems with a mission to uplift and improve people, the environment, or their community–can be both for-profit or non-profit. Socially responsible enterprises, whether non-profits, civil society groups, or NGOs, use creative, sustainable business strategies to meet and achieve social change. Socially responsible enterprises are one of the “largest movements…

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The Destiny of Women: #OurStoryIsOne

This June marks the 40th anniversary of the Iranian government’s execution of 10 Baha’i women. Their murder underscores the importance of efforts to advance freedom of conscience and gender equality. This campaign for justice touches on many aspects of women’s lives, from the workplace to religious centers to society and the home. Women unfortunately experience…

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