Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds Religion, gender, sexuality, themes that are so often subject of public debates, of media storms, of strong opinions. In this course on religion and sexual wellbeing, we take you on a journey from exploring how these themes came to be politicised globally to how they interact in people’s lives. In the Philippines, you will get to know Bernadette and Vilma, their stories around sex, contraceptives, and pregnancy, and how religion featured in their choices or lack of them. You will analyse how religion and other cultural influences are part of people’s everyday life via the networks of relationships they are part of. After that, you will visit Zimbabwe, where you will hear the story of Grace and her husband.
Skip to 1 minute and 3 seconds They have different ideas and aspirations when it comes to how many children they want. You will explore challenges women face to make their own decisions in the context of violence between women and men. What is the role of religion in legitimising violence? And how do people draw on religion to transform inequality and violence? Finally, you will turn to the Netherlands. This country prides itself on its openness on matters of sex, often explicitly pointing at religion as a barrier. How do young people in the Netherlands communicate about sexuality? How do they learn? And what is the role of religion here? In this course, you learn how religious ideas and practises play a role in sexual wellbeing.
Skip to 1 minute and 52 seconds This course will help you move beyond the strong opinions that fuel controversy and take up a more informed stance on religion, gender, and sexuality. Are you ready to join us on this journey? Let’s go.