Women Rising IV: International Changemakers – Women as Religious Activists

Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this program we profile three courageous women struggling with religious issues. Elana Rozenman is co-director of the Women’s Interfaith Encounter in the Middle East. Irshad Manji is a Canadian Muslim lesbian and feminist who wants a reformation of her own faith. And Regina O’Callahan helped found the Northern Ireland Interfaith Forum to support religious diversity in her country.

This Women’s Desk program is a special collaboration with the Women Rising Radio Project, Lynn Feinerman and Crown Sephira Productions.


  • Elana Rozenman, Co-Director of the Women’s Interfaith Encounter;
  • Irshad Manji, Author;
  • Regina O’Callahan, Founder, Northern Ireland Interfaith Forum.

Producer/Writer: Lynn Feinerman
Host: Sandina Robbins

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Beautifully written, Lynn! I loved how you emizasphed the importance entrepreneurs play in leading sustainability. Too often entrepreneurs are concerned with only making money. However, the foundation upon which they build their businesses directly affects the rest of the planet and lays the groundwork for the practices their company will follow as they grow.Another important point to consider is how we ignorantly think that with our advanced technology, we can somehow change the rules of nature that we can somehow correct any negative impact we may incur as a result of our wastefulness and excessive use of resources. That couldn’t be further from the truth.I think we’ve lost a lot of respect for nature and the power it holds. We’ve forgotten how dependent we are on it even with all our advanced science and knowledge. We still can’t stop hurricanes, prevent floods, and stop wild fires. When it comes down to it, we’re really just little creatures playing with fancy toys in a world where we have a lot to learn. A little respect will go a long way.Thank you so much for the awesome post!