The protection of women’s right to freedom of religion or belief presents many challenges to liberal states. Yet, this fundamental right of women has not been recognized as such in global treaties. Women’s entitlement to this right is a neglected matter in international law. When reference is made to the liberty to manifest religion, states are often given the vague guidance that discriminatory practices should be eliminated. However, what happens when it is women who choose to believe those supposedly oppressive practices to be the absolute truth from God or when women seek protection for promoting and practicing new traditions? We tend to focus on the struggle between women’s freedoms and religion, but forget that women are not a homogenous group, especially when it comes to their religious and faith aspirations.
The Diversity of Womanhood and All of God’s Creatures: Addressing Challenges in the Protection of Women’s Religious Freedoms Using a Novel Classification, Vol. 53
17 Apr 2022