Rome (Italy). On 8 March 2022, International Women’s Day, in the Aula Magna “John Paul II” of the Faculty of Educational Sciences “Auxilium” in Rome, the International Study Conference will take place on the theme: “The relationships between women and men in some religions of the holy book. Paths and perspectives in the polyhedron of anthropologies”.

Attention to human relationality is an urgency and emergency for a coexistence that is fully human, starting from daily relationships in the family, in the workplace, and in free time, in places dedicated to the sacred and to education. The woman-man relationships constitute the fundamental paradigm that gives meaning and direction to other relationships open to constructive reciprocity. Religions are called to offer their precious contribution “starting from the recognition of the value of every human person as a creature called to be a son or daughter of God” (Francis, Fratelli Tutti no. 271).

In this perspective, the Faculty dedicates the day of March 8 to exploring the contribution of religions to the woman-man relationship, promoting a path of reflection and study. This first appointment, which will be followed annually by others, focuses on the Religions of the Holy Book, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic, through the voices of three women:

  • Sira Fatucci, Degreed in Jewish culture, Responsible for the area Memory of the Shoah, anti-Semitism and European Day of Jewish Culture for the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, Member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, will frame the Jewish perspective: “Male and female God created them”.
  • Ha Fong Maria Ko, Professor of Sacred Scripture at Auxilium, scholar of Sacred Scripture with an Asian approach, Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Theological Academy, Consultor of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, will address the Christian perspective: “All things are two by two, facing each other … One confirms the merits of the other”.
  • Shahrzad Houshmand Zadeh, Muslim theologian, graduate in Islamic theology from the University of Tehran and in fundamental Christian theology from the Pontifical Lateran University, specialist in Koranic Christology, vice-president of the Women’s Council of the Pontifical Council for Culture, member of the Council for relations with Islam at the Ministry of the Interior, will illustrate The Islamic perspective: “Woman-man, love and friendship in the Koran”.

The research perspective considers the contribution offered by Religions on the wide relational range, in particular in the fundamental institutions: family, education, religion, economy, politics, professions, etc.

The International Study Conference, organized with the patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development, and the National Forum of Family Associations, will take place from 15:00 to 18:00 (Italian time) and it can be followed in live streaming on the Faculty’s YouTube Channel.

Link to live streaming





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