women's rights

Religious Fundamentalism and the Backlash to Women's Equality

By: Monica Duffy Toft

One issue involving religion and its relationship to violence that is gaining greater attention in the media and in academic research is the threat by fundamentalist religious groups to women’s rights and equality. From sexual violence in South Sudan and by the Islamic State, to the abduction of young women and girls by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, women’s freedoms are increasingly under threat. In several instances, fundamentalist religious movements mobilize the very forces that should have been expected to safeguard women: globalization, secularization, and democracy.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/5/religious-fundamentalism-and-the-backlash-to-womens-equality