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High-Level Debate "What’s Religion got to do with it? – Debating the Good and the Not so Good about Religion and Gender Equality":

Forum 21 is being invited to speak as one of the 6 panelists of the high level auditorium debate “What’s Religion got to do with it?” Hosting an audience of some 500 attendees the debate will discuss how religion and religious dynamics support or challenge gender equality in the context of development cooperation and human rights.  The event is organized by the European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development, as part of the two-day conference: European Development Days (EDD). The EDD is the EU's largest event on development, a two-day gathering organized annually, which brings together approximately 8000 governmental and non-governmental actors from all around the world, including policy makers, development practitioners and academia. This year's edition focuses on women's rights and empowerment and gender equality.