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Conference May 20: Religion and Development: Dialogue on Gender, Rights, and Sensitive Issues 04.05.16 - Norad, UNFPA and Norwegian faith-based actors invites you to a conference on Religion and Development: Dialogue on Gender, Rights, and Sensitive Issues.

The background for the conference is two parallel realities. Firstly, gender based and sexual violence is a leading cause of death and disability for women and girls in all their diversity, and one in three women experience gender based violence during their lifetime. Pregnancy and childbirth is a leading cause of death for young women aged 15 to 19 years (WHO). This affects women and girls in all areas of life, including their ability to participate in social, economic and political spheres of society.

Secondly, religious actors play an important role in development. Religion is an important source of values, which influence people's attitudes and actions. Because of this, religion can influence politics and acts as both a driver of and an impediment to development.

The conference will provide an arena to critically examine the role of religion and diverse religious/faith-based actors in promoting gender equality and the rights of girls and women.

Time and venue: May 20, 2016, 09:00 – 15:00, at Norad, Bygdøy allé 2 in Oslo.

Registration: Please register no later than May 16, sending your name, title, affiliation/organization to Mr. Tor Kristian Birkeland, The number of participants will be limited, and registrations will happen on a first come, first served basis (although organizers reserve the right to ensure diverse participation).