Preinvitation to the Arab-Europe Citizens´ dialogue


Gender, Media and Religion: Contemporary Challenges to Society and Democracy
1 to 4 May 2018 Sigtuna, Sweden

In recent years, we have seen the rise of many cultural tensions and conflicts, even violent terror and war, in many parts of the world. This has not least been the case in Europe and in the Arab region. Religion has been at the core in many of these contemporary conflicts.

If we wish is to see the development of healthy and well-functioning democracies in Europe and in the Arab region, we need to discuss the relation between religion and society. In doing so, we must, among other things, specifically focus on gender issues.

We hereby invite You to take part in this Arab-Europe Citizens’ Dialogue on religion and society! Whether you have been participating in any of the previous dialogue consultations or not, you are most welcome to take part in the next event. This is a pre-invitation. A more detailed invitation will follow.

The Sigtuna Consultation will start in the early evening of May 1st, 2018, and end in the morning of Friday 4 May. We will have speakers representing Politics, Faith-based Organizations and Civil Society Institutions from both the Arab and the European region. The Consultation will be open for interested participants from both regions. The process to seek appropriate speakers has just started, but we already know that two prominent individuals from Sweden, representing Europe and Sweden, will speak at the Consultation.

  • Anders Wejryd, World Council of Churches President for Europe, former Archbishop for Church of Sweden
  • Karin Wiborn, General Secretary, Christian Council of Sweden

A full program will be presented early February 2018. Preinvitation as PDF

The Arab-Europe Citizens’ Dialogue Consultation on Religion and Society in Sigtuna 2018 is organized jointly by the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS), Oikosnet Europe, Church of Sweden and the Sigtuna Foundation. Feel free to contact any of the following persons if you have further questions:

For the Arab side: Samira Luka 
For the European side: Alf Linderman



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