In May, our community of social justice leaders came together to break a taboo: talking about faith and social justice. How does faith or spirituality support your leadership? Are you excited to explore this question? Almost relieved that it is out in the open? Or do you have reservations about the role of faith in movements?
Listen in on the conversation between Purity Kagwiria (a great feminist and self-declared "good Christian"), Ellen Sprenger (whose favourite piece of music is Ave Maria) and special guest Nani Zulminarni (a Muslim feminist adventurer) as they explore their religious and spiritual backgrounds (how they have evolved and how they continue to have influence). Is it a fertile and resourceful place, a place of resistance and oppression, or both? And finally, is there a need for a more intentional embrace of faith and spirituality in our organizations and movements?
Listen to the 35-minute audio recording of the conversation’s highlights and read on for some key strategies you can experiment with to harness the wisdom and strength faith and spirituality lend in your own work.
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About Nani Zulminarni
Nani Zulminarni is reversing the pattern of discrimination against women who head their households by educating and enabling them to generate resources to provide for their families and raise their position in the community. She also educates the public on the critical role these women can play in society. A gender and development specialist, popular educator, and activist, Nani’s passion is for community organizing and the economic and political empowerment of women. She founded PEKKA, the Women-Headed Households Empowerment Program, a network that supports about 20,000 rural widows and abandoned and divorced women into more than 800 savings and loan cooperatives in 495 villages in Indonesia. The program focuses on village-level capacity building and an alternative, collective model of microfinance, aimed at social and economic empowerment.