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Faith, Spirituality and Child Safeguarding: An interfaith conversation around preventing Spiritual Abuse

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Faith communities play a key role in safeguarding children and in disrupting pathways of violence against children. This panel discussion will focus on spiritual abuse, coercive control and abuse of power in religious institutions. It will provide a space for deepening the understanding of spiritual abuse, and for sharing strategies for detecting it and addressing it. The panel will also contribute to identify actionable recommendations and build on promising practices of Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities across the world, to disrupt the chain of harm, reaffirming imperatives for protection, and standing against the perpetration, enabling or silencing of spiritual abuse. This is an inter-faith live discussion panel moderated by María Lucía Uribe, Director of the Geneva Office of Arigatou International with the participation of:

Dr. Denise Ziya Berte, PhD, Executive Director at Peaceful Families Project Rabbi Diana Gerson, Associate Executive Vice President at New York Board of Rabbis Dr. Patricia Espinosa Hernández, member of the CEPROME Latinamerican Council

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Rabbi Diana Gerson

Rabbi Gerson received her Master's degree and Rabbinic Ordination in 2001 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Dr. Denise Ziya Berte, PhD

Dr. Denise Ziya Berte, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the State of Palestine for over 25 years. She has written over 17 published professional articles, three book chapters and presented on over 100 occasions internationally. She has worked in the United States, West Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

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