G20 Interfaith Forum

Indigenous populations worldwide are threatened by commercial development, disease, and deforestation. Caring for their lives and rights is critical. In many places, indigenous communities are the custodians of the land and resources, and stewards of the traditions and spiritual life of ancient cultures—they are a part of the natural eco-system and irreplaceable members of our global community.

Faith-Based Insights for the Global Agenda

The annual G20 Summits are a critical time and place where priority global issues are considered by world leaders. The G20 Interfaith Forum (IF20) is a platform where religiously linked institutions and initiatives engage on global agendas and annually present ideas and recommendations to G20 Summit leaders. IF20’s goal is to contribute meaningful insight and recommendations that help shape the G20 and thus global policy agendas.

Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Dr. David C. Korten, founder and president of the Living Economies Forum, is known for his best-selling books framing a new economy; and the principles he has proposed for the restructuring of economic institutions and relationships. He devotes his life to advancing the global transition now underway to a living Earth economy organized around deeply democratic self-governing living communities in which people work in co-productive partnership with the rest of nature to meet the needs of all.

Anti-Racism Initiative

The G20 Interfaith Forum’s Anti-Racism Initiative continuously develops sensitivity to racism within the scope of the IF20; to discern and to name the presence of racism as an issue for the IF20 and the G20; and to advise the IF20 Working Groups on racial discrimination and inequity as applicable to their work. The Anti-Racism Initiative works towards the eradication of racism as a standing item for both the IF20 and the G20 agendas; and towards advancing the goal of racial equality and equity by every means available.

Event
September 13, 2021

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021 - Racism: Religious Leadership Towards Reconciliation

A central ethical challenge that colors all issues is the pervasive impact of racist ideologies and behaviors: racism had and still has support in supremacist religious ideologies which are not less dangerous than other types of terrorism and which need to be isolated in new forms of discourse and disputes. The central questions that the Forum addresses are how the G20 might formulate a message with architects of religious public discourse (local authorities, bodies, theologians, actors) that urge new and meaningful commitments to effective action.

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Event
August 30, 2021

Black Lives Matter: Structural Racism, Bigotry, and Inclusion: Post Event Summary

On Thursday, August 26th, the G20 Interfaith Forum held a fourth webinar organized by the Anti-Racism Initiative, co-sponsored by the University of Winnipeg; the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation; and the Fondazione per le scienze religiose (FSCIRE).

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Event
August 26, 2021

Black Lives Matter: Structural Racism, Bigotry; and Inclusion

Racism, in its many expressions including multiple practices of discrimination, is globally ubiquitous and seemingly intractable. While we recognize the day-to-day impact of individual acts of racism, human rights advocacy offers a potential to engage structural and systemic racism with a view to bold action.

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Event
August 1, 2021

Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders: Systemic Racial Challenges: Post Event Summary

On Thursday, July 29th, the G20 Interfaith Forum held a third webinar organized by the Anti-Racism Initiative, co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University; the World Faiths Development Dialogue; the International Academy for Multiculteral Cooperation; and the Fondazione per le scienze religiose (FSCIRE).

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Event
July 29, 2021

Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders: Systemic Racial Challenges

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai
Audrey E. Kitagawa

Indigenous Native Hawaiians and Pacific Island (NHPI) communities are faced with unique challenges. In the Pacific islands and other coastal communities, climate change threatens the land, food security, and delicate eco-systems. Systemic barriers to equity, justice, and opportunity have compromised NHPI families and communities, limiting opportunities and threatening their safety.

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Event
June 10, 2021

G20 Interfaith Forum Anti-Racism Initiative “Responses to Anti-Asian Hate Crimes”

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

A research report by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University San Bernardino (4/28/21) found that hate crimes targeting Asians increased 169% (223% in New York City alone) just from the first quarter of 2021 (to the same time period in 2020), across 15 major cities. While hate crimes have increased during the pandemic and socio-political unrest of the past year, the crimes targeting Asians have seen an explosive increase, and a timely discussion is in order.

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Event
June 10, 2021

G20 IFF Responses to Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Webinar (Webinar Proceedings)

“Responses to Anti-Asian Hate Crimes” webinar hosted by G20 Interfaith Forum Anti-Racism Initiative, co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University; the World Faiths Development Dialogue; the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation; and the Fondazione per le scienze religiose (FSCIRE).”

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Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

Jonathan Granoff, J.D. is an attorney, author and international advocate who has focused for many years on the legal and ethical dimensions of human development and security, with a specific focus on advancing the rule of law to address international security and the threats posed by nuclear weapons.

Gender Equality

The G20 Interfaith Forum’s Gender Equality Working Group focuses on the rights and concerns of women. Half the world’s population is women, and they will be the agents for transformation in the world as they assume their proper place in all human institutions. Finding an equitable balance of power between men and women by encouraging the participation of women at all levels of society—government, religion, civil society, corporations, community, and family—will manifest in far-reaching ways, benefitting governments, societies, and economies, and helping to resolve the world’s challenges.

Event
September 14, 2021

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021 - Gender Equality: Religious Denial and Religious Support

Women theologians from different religious traditions are propelling a questioning of patriarchal traditions but political and social tensions still surround gender and sexuality in many settings, with a focus on reproductive health and peace building. New light and challenges have emerged during COVID-19 emergencies, exemplified and rising levels of domestic violence and varying religious responses to it the central question that the forum addresses are how gender issues might offer a common ground for their dialogue and how scholarship on rights can produce effective actions to tackle the issue.

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Event
August 17, 2021

Gender Equality Episode 3 - Made in the Image of God: The Role of Sacred Texts in Helping or Hindering Gender Equality

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph. D.

Gender Equality Episode 3 - Made in the Image of God: The Role of Sacred Texts in Helping or Hindering Gender Equality

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Event
August 14, 2021

PRESS RELEASE: Prominent Religious Leaders and Women’s Rights Advocates Discuss Scriptures' Influence on Gender Equality

PROVO, UT, USA, August 14, 2021, The G20 Interfaith Forum, the world’s leading organization focused on the intersection of faith and policy, is gathering experts from the religious, human rights, and peace building sectors to discuss how sacred texts can both hurt and help women.

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Event
July 30, 2021

Policy, Gender, and Religion: Their Intersectionality: Summary from the G20 IFF Gender Equality Episode 2

Dimitra Missira, Key Expert of the Gender Equality Working Group for the G20 Interfaith Forum, opened the webinar by welcoming all participants and attendees and emphasizing the importance of the discussion topic, which was the intersectionality of policy, gender, and religion. “Even though the past decades have given rise to new global politics of gender equality and we have seen significant increases in women’s representation at different levels, gender divisions of power have not relented. Forty years after the adoption of the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, we witness that women’s rights are being eroded…The focus of this event is on women, but more than the focus on women is the celebration of their voices and their power through a women dominated panel.”

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Event
July 27, 2021

Gender Equality Episode 2: Intersectionality of Policy, Gender, and Religion

Gender Equality Episode 2: Intersectionality of Policy, Gender, and Religion

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Event
July 1, 2021

Gender Equality Episode 1: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D.

"Covid has been a global catastrophe, wreaking havoc upon our economies, infrastructure, health, education and every thread of the tapestry of our lives. The impact upon women is especially profound as they are so frequently the caretakers, homemakers, health care workers and the ones playing such multifaceted roles in both families and communities. As we plan and implement the rebuilding of our community structures, we must do so with deep awareness of and attention to revitalizing our commitments and engagement around gender equality and ending violence against women." ~Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati

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Publication
April 27, 2021

Power Dynamics In The Perpetuation of Gender Inequality

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D., President/Founder of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation and member of the G20 Interfaith Forum Gender Equality Working Group discusses the power dynamics of relationships, which can be used negatively or positively to determine the nature of human interactions.

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Faith-Based Insights for the Global Agenda

The annual G20 Summits are a critical time and place where priority global issues are considered by world leaders. The G20 Interfaith Forum (IF20) is a platform where religiously linked institutions and initiatives engage on global agendas and annually present ideas and recommendations to G20 Summit leaders. IF20’s goal is to contribute meaningful insight and recommendations that help shape the G20 and thus global policy agendas.

Christopher Peters (Puhlik-lah/Karuk)

The G20 Interfaith Forum builds on the vital roles that religious institutions and beliefs play in world affairs, reflecting the rich diversity of institutions, ideas, and values. The Forum includes international opinion leaders and global interfaith activists, and showcases the broad, global impact of faith traditions and philosophies from around the world. The IF20 Working Groups focus on areas of relevance throughout the year and produce annual Policy Briefs for consideration by the G20. 

Event
September 14, 2021

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021 - Gender Equality: Religious Denial and Religious Support

Women theologians from different religious traditions are propelling a questioning of patriarchal traditions but political and social tensions still surround gender and sexuality in many settings, with a focus on reproductive health and peace building. New light and challenges have emerged during COVID-19 emergencies, exemplified and rising levels of domestic violence and varying religious responses to it the central question that the forum addresses are how gender issues might offer a common ground for their dialogue and how scholarship on rights can produce effective actions to tackle the issue.

WatchWatch
Event
September 13, 2021

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021 - Racism: Religious Leadership Towards Reconciliation

A central ethical challenge that colors all issues is the pervasive impact of racist ideologies and behaviors: racism had and still has support in supremacist religious ideologies which are not less dangerous than other types of terrorism and which need to be isolated in new forms of discourse and disputes. The central questions that the Forum addresses are how the G20 might formulate a message with architects of religious public discourse (local authorities, bodies, theologians, actors) that urge new and meaningful commitments to effective action.

WatchWatch
Event
August 30, 2021

Black Lives Matter: Structural Racism, Bigotry, and Inclusion: Post Event Summary

On Thursday, August 26th, the G20 Interfaith Forum held a fourth webinar organized by the Anti-Racism Initiative, co-sponsored by the University of Winnipeg; the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation; and the Fondazione per le scienze religiose (FSCIRE).

Read on External WebsiteRead on External Website
Event
August 26, 2021

Black Lives Matter: Structural Racism, Bigotry; and Inclusion

Racism, in its many expressions including multiple practices of discrimination, is globally ubiquitous and seemingly intractable. While we recognize the day-to-day impact of individual acts of racism, human rights advocacy offers a potential to engage structural and systemic racism with a view to bold action.

WatchWatch
Event
August 17, 2021

Gender Equality Episode 3 - Made in the Image of God: The Role of Sacred Texts in Helping or Hindering Gender Equality

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.
Prof. Dr. Azza Karam
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph. D.

Gender Equality Episode 3 - Made in the Image of God: The Role of Sacred Texts in Helping or Hindering Gender Equality

Watch on External WebsiteWatch on External Website
Event
August 14, 2021

PRESS RELEASE: Prominent Religious Leaders and Women’s Rights Advocates Discuss Scriptures' Influence on Gender Equality

PROVO, UT, USA, August 14, 2021, The G20 Interfaith Forum, the world’s leading organization focused on the intersection of faith and policy, is gathering experts from the religious, human rights, and peace building sectors to discuss how sacred texts can both hurt and help women.

Read on External WebsiteRead on External Website
Event
August 1, 2021

Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders: Systemic Racial Challenges: Post Event Summary

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On Thursday, July 29th, the G20 Interfaith Forum held a third webinar organized by the Anti-Racism Initiative, co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University; the World Faiths Development Dialogue; the International Academy for Multiculteral Cooperation; and the Fondazione per le scienze religiose (FSCIRE).

Read on External WebsiteRead on External Website
Event
July 30, 2021

Policy, Gender, and Religion: Their Intersectionality: Summary from the G20 IFF Gender Equality Episode 2

Dimitra Missira, Key Expert of the Gender Equality Working Group for the G20 Interfaith Forum, opened the webinar by welcoming all participants and attendees and emphasizing the importance of the discussion topic, which was the intersectionality of policy, gender, and religion. “Even though the past decades have given rise to new global politics of gender equality and we have seen significant increases in women’s representation at different levels, gender divisions of power have not relented. Forty years after the adoption of the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, we witness that women’s rights are being eroded…The focus of this event is on women, but more than the focus on women is the celebration of their voices and their power through a women dominated panel.”

Read on External WebsiteRead on External Website
Event
July 29, 2021

Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders: Systemic Racial Challenges

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai
Audrey E. Kitagawa

Indigenous Native Hawaiians and Pacific Island (NHPI) communities are faced with unique challenges. In the Pacific islands and other coastal communities, climate change threatens the land, food security, and delicate eco-systems. Systemic barriers to equity, justice, and opportunity have compromised NHPI families and communities, limiting opportunities and threatening their safety.

WatchWatch
Event
July 27, 2021

Gender Equality Episode 2: Intersectionality of Policy, Gender, and Religion

Gender Equality Episode 2: Intersectionality of Policy, Gender, and Religion

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Event
July 1, 2021

Gender Equality Episode 1: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Ph.D.

"Covid has been a global catastrophe, wreaking havoc upon our economies, infrastructure, health, education and every thread of the tapestry of our lives. The impact upon women is especially profound as they are so frequently the caretakers, homemakers, health care workers and the ones playing such multifaceted roles in both families and communities. As we plan and implement the rebuilding of our community structures, we must do so with deep awareness of and attention to revitalizing our commitments and engagement around gender equality and ending violence against women." ~Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati

WatchWatch
Event
June 10, 2021

G20 Interfaith Forum Anti-Racism Initiative “Responses to Anti-Asian Hate Crimes”

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

A research report by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University San Bernardino (4/28/21) found that hate crimes targeting Asians increased 169% (223% in New York City alone) just from the first quarter of 2021 (to the same time period in 2020), across 15 major cities. While hate crimes have increased during the pandemic and socio-political unrest of the past year, the crimes targeting Asians have seen an explosive increase, and a timely discussion is in order.

WatchWatch
Event
June 10, 2021

G20 IFF Responses to Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Webinar (Webinar Proceedings)

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“Responses to Anti-Asian Hate Crimes” webinar hosted by G20 Interfaith Forum Anti-Racism Initiative, co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University; the World Faiths Development Dialogue; the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation; and the Fondazione per le scienze religiose (FSCIRE).”

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Publication
April 27, 2021

Power Dynamics In The Perpetuation of Gender Inequality

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D., President/Founder of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation and member of the G20 Interfaith Forum Gender Equality Working Group discusses the power dynamics of relationships, which can be used negatively or positively to determine the nature of human interactions.

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