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NextGen Speaker Series: Religious Freedom and Women's Empowerment

  • Religious Freedom Institute 316 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Suite 501 Washington United States (map)


Center for Religious Freedom Education


Women’s economic development is key to a flourishing society. What role does religious freedom play in encouraging women’s economic development?

Join us Wednesday, June 26th for remarks by Rebecca Shah, Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the South and Southeast Asia Action Team (Religious Freedom Institute) in which she will discuss religious freedom and women’s empowerment. A reception will follow. This event is intended for young professionals and college interns who are working in D.C.


Rebecca Shah on far left

Rebecca Shah on far left

Rebecca Samuel Shah serves as Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the South and Southeast Asia Action Team for the Religious Freedom Institute. A pioneering scholar of the impact of religious belief and practice on the social and economic lives of poor women in the Global South, Shah currently serves as Research Professor at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, where she is the Principal Investigator for the Religion and Economic Empowerment Project (REEP), funded by the Templeton Religion Trust. Born and raised in Bangalore, India, she holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and Economic History and a Master’s of Science in Demography, both from the London School of Economics. She is also an associate scholar with Georgetown’s Religious Freedom Project, and is Project Leader of the Holy Avarice Project on religion and modern capitalism at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. From 1998 to 2002, Shah served as a Research Analyst with the World Bank’s Human Development Network.