'Making the Difference', 8th Women and Religions conference

Thursday and Friday at Marco Besso Foundation

06 September, 20:05

    Senator Liliana Segre poses during a photocall for '1938 Diversi' during the 75th annual Venice  International Film Festival, 4 September 2018. Senator Liliana Segre poses during a photocall for '1938 Diversi' during the 75th annual Venice International Film Festival, 4 September 2018.

    ROME - The 8th edition of the Women and Religions conference, titled "Making the Difference", is taking place in Rome on Thursday and Friday at the Marco Besso Foundation.

    The conference is an international gathering focused on dialogue and sharing among science, theology, and institutions.

    Italian Senator for life Liliana Segre will give a talk that advocates against "the society of hate", addressing hate speech among young people and on social media.

    Kate McElwee, of the Women's Ordination Conference, will speak about the battle for the ordination of women priests in the Catholic Church.

    The landscape of academics runs from specialists in antiquity to modern times, including Professor Orly Reiner of the Weizmann Institute, an embryonic brain development researcher.

    Historian Ritanna Armeni will give a talk titled "Women Can Do Everything", and journalist Leila El Houssi will lead a talk about women in Islam titled "Veiling Yourself to Not Reveal Yourself?".

    A discussion about planned conflict aimed at eliminating ethnic and religious differences through ethnic rapes and population annihilation will be led by Gorana Ognjenovic and Jasna Jozelic from the Norwegian Institute for Human Rights at the University of Oslo.

    They will explain how the International Court of Justice has classified and condemned those acts as crimes of war that are more invasive than weapons.

    Rome's chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni, will speak on dialogue with a talk titled "Great Man - Great Woman".

    Hora Aboaf will give a talk about the multiple meanings of words and language, Italian Army Major Stefania Bonaldi will speak about her experiences in the military, and many others will come together to share across the two days of the conference.

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