Newsreel: Women of the Wall, activism against gender violence in Rwanda, progress in LDS temple ceremonies and remembering Rachel Held Evans

In this Religious Feminism Newsreel episode of the Religious Feminism Podcast, we cover the 30th anniversary of attempts of  Women of the Wall to pray where women are barred at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, how Rwandan men are getting involved in United Nations efforts to combat violence against women, progress Mormon feminists have made toward equality in LDS religious ceremonies, and lastly, we remember Rachel Held Evans, a strong voice for feminists of faith who passed away in 2019.

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Yochi Rappeport dons a tallit at the Western Wall

News Stories Featured in this Episode:

Women of the Wall: The 30th Anniversary Efforts by Jewish Women to Integrate the Western Wall

Women of the Wall website

Women of the Wall: A Holy Mess
Peggy Cidor | The Jerusalem Post | March 10, 2019

‘I came to liberate the Western Wall’: Interview with Yochi Rappeport, Executive Director of Women of the Wall
Israel Hayom | Emily Amrousi, November 1, 2019

Western Wall Controversy: Israeli Women Split in Call for Reform
TRT World | April 1, 2019



16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Kicks Off Early in Rwanda

‘Gender Cafes’ to tackle bias against women
Glory Iribagiza | The New Times | October 24, 2019

Toxic masculinity and its effects on women empowerment
Sharon Kantengwa | The New Times | October 31, 2019

UN Women: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, Mormon) Ceremonies Changed to Come Closer to Gender Parity

‘Ordain Women’ urges LDS Church to change policies regarding women serving as official witnesses
Rebecca Green | FOX 13 | February 17, 2016

Q&A: Why aren’t Mormon feminists thrilled with the new LDS temple baptistry policy?
April Young Bennett | The Exponent | December 18, 2017

Mormon women given increased role in 2 key ceremonies
Brady McCombs | AP News | October 2, 2019

Members rejoice over changes to Temple Ceremony
Sarah Martin | ABC4 News | January 4, 2019

The Funeral of Rachel Held Evans

Funeral of Rachel Held Evans: Video
Eulogy by Amanda Held Opelt  | June 1, 2019


Books by Rachel Held Evans:

A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband ‘Master

Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again/a>

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