zaterdag, november 16, 2019 - 09:30
Join us! Please register through our online form (click here).

In the public discourse religions do more harm than good with respect to rights of women, stereotype gender roles, and sexual minorities. But this is not the whole story. Religions and worldviews are superdivers. What does the interreligious and intra-religious dialogue look like regarding issues of homosexuality and gender roles for example? What does feminism and masculinity mean in discussions about gender and faith? And what is the role of eco-feminism in the debate on religion and gender? Join us for the annual Interfaith Conference to explore these questions together. The conference takes place on Saturday November 16, 2019, at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

Anne DijkThe annual Interfaith Conference invites you to an open-minded interaction with people from different walks of life. This year's theme is Gender, Spirituality and Religion: Endangering or Engendering?. The conference is organised by Initiative of Change Netherlands, the International Student Chaplaincy, and Haastu and hosted by the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague. Keynote speaker is Anne Dijk (Fahm Institute). 


Keynote speaker Anne Dijk

Anne Dijk is a religious scholar and Islamic theologian with a specialization in structures of authority including gender and authority in Islam. Dijk is founder and director of Fahm Institute. Fahm Institute is an independent organization that aims to create a better understanding about Islam and Islamic related issues.
In her academic degrees, she focused on the reinterpretation of Shari'a, argumentation in Islamic jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh) and gender & authority in Islam. Furthermore, she is dedicated to bringing people from divers backgrounds, religions and culture together through various forms of dialogue. Dijk is co-founder of Su-Shi Intrafaith Dialogue and is passionate about creating a just world for all.



Dialogue Tables
After the plenary session we will continue the conversation on the conference theme in smaller groups in a so-called Dialogue Tables session. Every table has a different thought provoking statement to stimulate the conversation with other participants. During the session you will move from table to table so you will have the opportunity to share your experiences and views and listen to the views of participants in your group.

Human Library
In this library, people are the ‘living books’ that engage visitors with stories and conversations. The ‘books’ all have a story to tell about their approaches to bridge the gap between religion and science. During the session there is space to listen, ask questions and start a conversation with the storytellers.

Closing ceremony
At the of the day there is a musical performance followed by a closing plenary to wrap up the day.


Children's programme

For children between 4 and 12 years we offer a special programme during the main sessions. If you want to register for this programme, you can do so through the online registration form.


Registration and contribution

Please register through our online form (click here).

Contribution is €5 for students and €15 for people with an income. The registration fee includes participation in the conference, lunch, coffee/ tea, and snacks. The fee should be paid upon arrival.

Travel expenses (train second class within the Netherlands) will be refunded.


For questions please send an email to the team of the Interfaith Conference.


Interfaith Conference 2018