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Deva Kemmis, Ph.D., Director of the Center of Concern’s Global Women’s Project, joined a conversation with scholars, religious leaders, and policy makers on “Religion and Foreign Policy” at the invitation of the Council on Foreign Relations. Featured speaker Jacques Berlinerblau, associate professor and director of the Program for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, discussed issues surrounding secularism in the U.S. and abroad.
In a recent conference, Dr. Deva Fall Kemmis referenced the recent horrific gang-rape of a young woman in West Bengal, India, as a tragic example of a perverse distortion of religious principles that violated human dignity. News sources from around the world are reporting that the 20-year old woman was found guilty at the hands of a de facto tribal village court that sentenced her to be gang-raped on the grounds of having violated local edicts.
Doctor Kemmis adds, "The Center of Concern will be monitoring the global response to this act of unjust brutality against women and questioning both how such actions can be halted and when the perpetrators will be brought to justice.”