This book illuminates the intersection of religion and gender within the development sector, exposing challenges in both policy and practice and suggesting implementable solutions.

This book argues that a better understanding of the religion–gender nexus is needed by development sector practitioners, especially at a time when religious arguments are being used around the world to justify gender inequality and violence against women. The book draws on extensive qualitative research with senior gender personnel, religion advisors, and implementation partners from across the largest bilateral development agencies. The nexus is considered from the grassroots level up to donor country politics and across key themes, such as gender-based violence, reproductive rights, unpaid care and domestic work, and women’s participation in leadership roles. The book concludes by offering implementable solutions for practitioners to address the religion-gender nexus in a more meaningful way.

Bridging the gap between academic theory and day-to-day development practice, this book is an important reference for development practitioners, and for researchers from across development studies, gender studies, and religious studies.

chapter |7 pages


part Part I|57 pages

Why the religion–gender nexus matters in development

chapter 1|13 pages

Religion and gender at the crossroads

Key concepts and theories

chapter 2|26 pages

Gender in development theory and practice

part Part II|77 pages

How to engage with the religion–gender nexus in development policy and practice

chapter 4|16 pages

Realising religious literacy

Moving beyond religious partnerships

chapter 5|27 pages

Fulfilling the promise of GAD

Addressing religion in gender analyses

chapter 6|16 pages

Tackling the taboo

Transforming practitioners' attitudes towards religion (and gender!)

chapter 7|12 pages

Changing the sector

Enabling practitioners to drive internal change

chapter |4 pages

Concluding remarks