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Elisabetta Ruspini, Glenda Tibe Bonifacio, and Consuelo Corradi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336358

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336358.001.0001

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Religion and gender equality in Catholic Philippines: discourses and practices in the 21st century

Religion and gender equality in Catholic Philippines: discourses and practices in the 21st century

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(p.41) Two Religion and gender equality in Catholic Philippines: discourses and practices in the 21st century
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Women and Religion
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Glenda Tibe Bonifacio

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447336358.003.0003

This chapter focuses on Catholic religious discourses and practices of gender equality in the contemporary Philippines. It looks at particular practices among Filipino Catholic women and examines the role of religion in the movement towards gender equality. Through ethnographic data in small communities in Eastern Visayas, participant observation, and a case study of two women from Leyte, the chapter provides insight into how religiosity is enmeshed with the aims of local women to improve their status in society. It also shows that even if the Catholic Church retains its prominent presence in the social fabric, and is very much a part of the rituals of life, the symbolism of its moral power, particularly in the lives of women, has been contested by lived experiences quite different from what is prescribed.

Keywords:   Catholic Philippines, gender equality, religiosity, Eastern Visayas, Leyte, Catholic Church

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