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How can religious organizations improve the inclusion and well-being of displaced populations?

For this important conversation, scholars Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Sandra Iman Pertek join Berkley Center Senior Fellow Jocelyne Cesari.

The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs seeks a more just and peaceful world by building knowledge and advancing cooperation through research, teaching, and dialogue, such as the one held online today.


Gender and religious inequalities in forced migration are global challenges shaped by multidimensional political and social influences at the individual and community levels. Women, particularly those from religious minorities, are disproportionately affected by the continuum of violence, exclusion, and discrimination across forced migration routes. Complex geopolitical circumstances and global dynamics render some experiences and crises of forced displacement less visible than others.


The webinar explored gender and religious aspects of forced migration, which are important to inform multi-stakeholder responses to global forced displacement.

About Jocelyne Cesari


Jocelyne Cesari holds the Chair of Religion and Politics and is director of research at the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom; at Georgetown University, she is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and an associate professor of the practice of religion, peace, and conflict resolution in the Department of Government. She is the T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding at Harvard Divinity School. Former European Academy of Religion president, her work on religion, political violence, and conflict resolution has garnered recognition and awards from numerous international organizations, such as the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs and the Royal Society for Arts in the United Kingdom. She is a Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University's Institute for Religion, Politics, and Society. She teaches contemporary Islam and politics at Harvard Divinity School and directs the Islam in the West program.


About Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh


Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh is the Principal Investigator leading the Refugee Hosts project. She is a Migration and Refugee Studies Professor and Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit at University College London (UCL). Her research focuses on the intersections between gender, generation, and religion in experiences of conflict-induced displacement, focusing on the Middle East.


About Sandra Iman Pertek


Dr. Sandra Iman Pertek is an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Birmingham, Principle Investigator of the “Protecting Forcibly Displaced Women and Girls in the Muslim World” initiative, and gender and protection specialist with over a decade’s experience in humanitarian and international development settings.

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