A Centre that Holds

Rana Aytug is a PhD student at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. Her research explores the role that young people play in peacebuilding in diverse but divided cities. In this post for the Faith and Peaceful Relations Forum blog Rana reflects on the ways in which the arts can be used as a means of building peace….An arts-based approach to peacebuilding, viewed through the urban lens can shape a city. And in retrospect, art can be shaped by the narrative of the city. These creative acts can embrace or reject the many paradoxes characteristic of highly polarized and diverse communities.

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Desmond Tutu Was Right

In this short article just published in Open Democracy Chris Shannahan writes about the role that faith has played in the 2017 UK General Election campaign. He suggests that it is inevitable that politics and religion will continue to mix and argues that the important question to ask is ‘What kind of religion and what kind of politics?’ 

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Women’s March, Women’s Rights? Religious women, reproductive rights and feminist ideals

Alison Halford is a PhD student within the Faith and Peaceful Relations group at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. Here Alison offers some critical reflections on the recent Women’s March, feminism and attitudes towards birth control….

On Sunday, January 21st as women walked to raise consciousness about gender inequality that limits women’s abilities, ambitions and actions, the daytime TV presenter Piers Morgan, claimed to be ‘planning a male protest ‘the creeping global emasculation of my gender emasculation by rabid feminists’. In framing it as an attempt by ‘Feminazis’ to dominate and demean men, Morgan imposed a distorted narrative upon the march, failing to understand the complexity of women’s motivations to march.

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