The Being Beings team, through our parent organisation, IfThenHow Interfaith Consulting, is collaborating with Hindu societies, Sri Gnanananda Giri Peetam and Sree Gnianananda Seva Samajam, to bring you a special interfaith panel discussion on Women’s Empowerment.
The panel event, ‘GNANA SHAKTHI’, will mark the culmination of the 9-night Hindu festival of Navarathri, celebrating the sacred feminine.
The panel discussion will take place this Saturday 24 October 2020 between 2-5pm. We have closed registrations for physical in-person attendance in our auditorium, BUT the event will also be streamed online with Zoom webinar and Facebook LIVE.
An Interfaith Panel discussion on Women’s Empowerment to highlight the true meaning of Navarathri and to celebrate the Glory of Women from every belief system.
Dr. Dharshana Sridhar (Hinduism)
The Hon Lady Councillor Dr. Sridhar is a senior policy advisor to the British Government and an advocate for empowering women and children. Amongst many roles, she serves as Community Ambassador to an organisation that helps victims of domestic abuse; as an Advisor to a charity that helps eradicate child cruelty; and as Trustee to a charity that influences Governments across the world to ensure education for all girls. Dr. Sridhar has been instrumental in setting up a perpetual scholarship for the study of Hinduism, the first of its kind in the world, at Oxford University and has given lectures on Hinduism at institutions across the world as a visiting scholar.
Master Neo Lee Keng (Taoism)
Master Neo Lee Keng (梁崇慧) was ordained in 2011 as a 26th generation Quan Zhen Long Men sect Taoist at San Qing Gong, Singapore. She is the Deputy Monitress of Lor Koo Chye Sheng Hong Taoist scripture chanting group and serves at Lor Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple, while also being a Taoist representative for the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) prayer and blessing group.
Sr. Joan Lopez, RGS (Christianity)
Sr. Joan Lopez is a religious member of the Good Shepherd sisters (R.G.S.) of the Province of Singapore-Malaysia. The Good Shepherd sisters are a Catholic international congregation of women religious located in 72 countries, whose mission focuses on the empowerment of women and girls. Sr. Joan made her first profession of religious vows in 1992, and over the years, has served in social service programs, leadership in the province, and capacity building for the Good Shepherd mission in Asia Pacific.
Ustazah Liyana Rosli Asmara (Islam)
Ustazah Liyana Rosli Asmara is the youngest and first woman appointed Head of Harmony Centre, an interfaith hub initiated by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS). She was the only female Core Discussant among faith leaders and monks for the Building Bridges Programme 2014 – a collaboration between MUIS and the Singapore Buddhist Federation. She has trained more than 200 female Muslim teachers to be interfaith ambassadors in their respective organisations. Beyond her professional work, Ustazah Liyana spearheads ‘Giving Back Beyond Faith’ an interest group organising an integrated program between migrant workers and faith communities. She is currently setting up an enterprise that champions slow fashion labels and supports female artisans in India to produce handmade textiles and stitches.
Prof Dr Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew (Baháʼí Faith)
Dr Phyllis Chew, a member of the Baha’i Faith, is past president of the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE). She was Fulbright Visiting Professor to Harvard University in 2010, and the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor to the United Kingdom in 2012. She has published internationally in the field of gender, comparative religion and linguistics. She is currently a consultant for the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).
Ms Diana Ng (Spiritual-but-not-Religious)
Diana Ng is an integrated mind-body therapist who helps people who are highly sensitive, or who are experiencing stress find grounding and restfulness via gentle movement and touch therapies. She also holds space for women-centric movement classes and sharing circles, where women can feel a sense of community in their shared experiences. Not affiliated to a particular religion, she has a reverence for multiple traditions and is a curious explorer of life’s mysteries. She is the founder of The Elemental Practice, which brings together diverse trauma-informed offerings to help people reconnect with their inner resilience and aliveness.
Elizabeth is a dialogue facilitator who believes in using the power of personal narratives to effect social change. Founder of SafeSpaces.SG, Liz guides communities in navigating sensitive conversations in various aspects of diversity and inclusivity – including women’s empowerment, inter-racial and inter-religious dialogue, and issues of mental health. She is also a co-editor of the community interfaith newsletter, Being Beings.