VU-professor Azza Karam appointed as Religions for Peace’s new Secretary General

At the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace (RfP) in Lindau, Germany, VU-professor Azza Karam (Religion and Sustainability) was appointed as new Secretary General, succeeding Dr. William Vendley. Founded in 1961, Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition dedicated to promoting peace.

09/06/2019 | 2:55 PM

Although being the first woman and the first Muslim to take this position, Azza Karam stated: “The point is not so much about me being the first woman. I think that we need to be focused on realizing that religious leaders expressed and signaled their readiness to accept a woman as a leader of their joint collaborative effort and commitment towards building peace”.
Watch the video of the interview with Azza Karam about this subject.

According to Azza Karam, peace is not just ending conflict but should be understood in the broader sustainable development sense. VU-professor Ruard Ganzevoort (Dean of the Faculty of Religion and Theology) congratulates RfP with their election of an extraordinary leader, and is happy to see that her new position will further strengthen Azza Karam’s network among religious and international political institutions.