Kirstine Thye Skovhøj,
Danmission and our partner organization Adyan has entered into an agreement with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Office for Freedom of Religion or Belief on support to a project in Lebanon to strengthen women’s rights and prevent religiously-dependent inequality for women – among both Christians and Muslims.
The agreement was signed yesterday at Danmission’s office in Beirut by Danmission’s Programme Director Kirsten Auken and Denmark’s Ambassador for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Michael Suhr.
At the signing ceremony, Denmark’s ambassador to Lebanon, Merete Juhl, participated together with the Head of Danmission’s office in Beirut, Line Stange Ramsdal and Professor and Father Fadi Daou, President and CEO of the Adyan Foundation, which is Danmission’s partner organization in Lebanon in connection with the project.
Danmission’s Programme Director Kirsten Auken says:
“This project emphasizes religion and inter-religious dialogue as positive values and important tools in the work to foster human rights and prevent discrimination of all citizens. Although the law in Lebanon in principle provides freedom of religion and belief, old patriarchal norms still dominate some theological and legal practices”.
The project will build new networks and alliances between religious leaders, civil society actors and policy makers, who are able to influence the religiously-dependent structures which contribute to foster and ensure the rights of the individual – and especially of women. In addition, a large awareness campaign will be launched to engage the public in the same issues.
Kirsten Auken explains:
“As a Christian organization, we feel a particular responsibility for taking on this kind of challenge and we look forward to working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Office for Freedom of Religion or Belief on this project. We are particularly pleased with the continued recognition that faith-based organizations such as Danmission and the Adyan Foundation have an important role to play when we want to solve religiously-based issues.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports the project with just under 4.5 million DKK in the period 2019 – 2022.