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RELIGION AND society IN THE AGE OF COVID-19 WEBINAR 24 JUNE 2020

THE ROLE OF RELIGIOUS OR BELIEF ACTORS IN COMBATING THE Covid-19 PANDEMIC, STRENGTHENING HUMAN SECURITY AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FUTURE

The COVID-19 pandemic has unsettled the world, bringing in its wake immense suffering and upheaval to millions and forcing a dramatic change in the day-to-day lives of individuals and communities. It represents a direct, immediate and substantial global threat to human security and well-being.

The efforts of religious or belief leaders, often in conjunction with civic society, are making an important contribution in the context of this evolving health crisis. This includes sharing and reinforcing the advice of health authorities and counteracting rumour and misinformation about the virus. Furthermore, religious or belief leaders can play a vital role in responding to need by assisting the most vulnerable members of societies and promoting a much-needed sense of solidarity, shared identity, hope and humanity. The current crisis risks pre-existing rising nationalist tendencies, xenophobia and division being exasperated, a context in which religious actors can play a key role.

75 MINUTE WEBINAR

24.06.20 3PM CET

RELIGION AND SOCIETY IN THE AGE OF COVID-19:

Please register in advance via the link above. You will be emailed a link and details for how to join the webinar.

This webinar, organised by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the European Council of Religious Leaders, will provide an opportunity to take stock of the response of religious or belief leaders and communities in the OSCE region to the pandemic. It will showcase good practices, and discuss some of the lessons learned about the role and contribution of these strategic actors at this unsettling and uncertain time.

SPEAKERS

Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze is a bishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia and a women's rights activist. She was the first female Baptist bishop in Georgia. She has advocated against gender violence and for women's equality, and created interfaith dialogues to support religious minorities.

Daniel Eror has more than 12 years experience in the field of intercultural dialogue, reconciliation and peace-building, engaging mainly with young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as abroad. He is Co-Founder and President of Youth for Peace, one of the most prominent youth-led organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina working on peace-building. He has been an active member of United Religions Initiative for several years and URI Global Council Trustee since 2018. He is a certified trainer working with youth in the fields of conflict transformation, dealing with the past, human rights and discrimination.

Kishan Manocha, Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion or Belief at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). He has extensive experience in religious freedom issues in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and Central and South Asia as an advocate, researcher, trainer and consultant to a number of international and non-governmental organisations.

Stina Tysk is the Vice-Chairperson for the World Student Christian Federation in Europe. Stina is also a member of Religions for Peace’s International Youth Committee, which is the governing body of the Global Interfaith Youth Network. She is an M.A. candidate in Theology and accepted for ordained ministry in the Church of Sweden.

Prof. Agata S. Nalborczyk is Head of the Department for European Islam Studies at the University of Warsaw (Poland). She is a co-president from the Catholic side of the Common Council of Catholics and Muslims in Poland, and a member of the Committee for the Dialogue with Non-Christian Religions of the Polish Bishops’ Conference. She is a member of the European Council of Religious Leaders - Religions for Peace.

Zaki Cooper represents Faiths United, a coalition of faith leaders and activists in the UK responding to Covid-19. He gave a TEDx talk on the subject of interfaith relations in 2020 and serves as a Trustee of two inter-faith charities. His day job involves helping senior leaders with philanthropy and communications, and he previously worked for the Chief Rabbi and in HM The Queen’s communications team.

CONTACT: SECRETARIAT@ECRL.EU

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Created with images by José Martín Ramírez C - "Busy stairs in large building" • Rachid Oucharia - "A man praying to God in the Sultan Ahmet Mosque " • engin akyurt - "Woman wearing face mask during coronavirus outbreak"