Religious inequalities is a term that refers to the way in which individuals and groups suffer from systemic marginalisation, exclusion and, in extreme cases, genocide on account of their religious beliefs and affiliation. When it comes to being committed to challenging power relations of privilege and subordination in development studies and practice, many have laboriously studied the drivers, nature and impact of inequalities along the lines of gender, ethnicity, race and geography. But when it comes to inequalities on account of religion, these are either merely given passing acknowledgement, presented as a by-product of other inequalities or sometimes ignored altogether.
The Religious Inequalities in Development seminar series challenges to understand why inequalities underpinned by individual belief (including non-belief) and/or religious affiliation to a community have been a blind spot for international development for so long, and, more importantly what can be done to better understand and integrate an approach to Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) into global development.
The series has been organised under the auspices of the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID), an international consortium led by IDS.