Gender equality ?

Last night, I was present at an Interfaith Dialogue, which covered the question of the relation between religion and human rights as set forth in the Declaration of Human Rights (1948). On stage were a Buddhist monk, and the leaders and scholars of the three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) – seven people in total. Seven men, to be exact.

Since the topic of the evening was human rights, there was – of course – a woman in the audience questioning the position of the three religions with regards to gender equality. She introduced her question by remarking that tonight there were only men on the stage, and that women were not present in this discussion on religion and human right.

The Christian priest eagerly took the microphone, looked at the woman and said:

You are right: There are no women here on this stage today. However, three of us are wearing dresses!


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