Religious institutions have long been seen as patriarchal and as spaces within which the female voice is diminished. However, we see a rising trend of women speaking up, taking the lead in faith movements and reclaiming space. To what extent have women been silenced? What space do women share with men in shaping matters of faith? Who are the women and the movements of faith that have become points of inspiration? Where do we stand today on matters of justice and equality?
Sophia Pandya is currently a full professor at California State University, USA in the Department of Religious Studies. She received her BA from UC Berkeley in Near Eastern Studies/Arabic, and her MA and PhD from UC Santa Barbara in Religious Studies. A Fulbright scholar, she specialises in women and Islam, and more broadly in contemporary movements within Islam.
Dr Rachel Davies
Rachel Davies is a researcher in Philosophy, Religion, and Culture, and Catholic Thought and Practice within the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (IRCI) at ACU. Rachel’s current work seeks to contextualise Mother Teresa of Calcutta within the history of Western spirituality and its sources.
Dr Dina Afrianty
Dina Afrianty is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Religion, Politics, and Society (IRPS) at ACU. Dina is currently researching gender and politics in Indonesia, Muslim women’s rights in family law, disability rights, and Islamic law in Aceh.
Professor Paul Weller
Paul Weller is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Social, Cultural and Legal Research, University of Derby. He is also a Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, and a Research Fellow in Religion and Society, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford