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Religion, Women, and Cross-cultural Literacy

By Katherine Marshall, G20 Interfaith Association Vice President, World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), Berkley Center.

In Southeast Asia, April 21 is celebrated as Kartini Day, honoring a nineteenth century Indonesian leader who was ahead of her time in her strong advocacy for women’s equality – and above all, education for girls. In 2016, Google honored her with a Google Doodle. Her ideals, which drew on both religious and non-religious sources, are reflected today in many noble strategies and programs aimed at gender equality, but many of the challenges of her time are still before us.

Weapons of White Supremacy

By Keisha Bush, Author

White supremacy permeates so much of our culture that most of us don’t even recognize how we individually support and perpetuate it in our daily lives.

Cancel culture is a perfect example.

Cancel culture was, and still is, the choice weapon of white supremacy and patriarchy. To “cancel” someone is to take a position of power over their body and deem yourself “master.”

Kings, queens, dictators, and plantation slave owners were singularly Judge, Jury, and Executioner over the bodies of our ancestors.

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