RE- Community Cohesion

To revise for R.E

  • Created by: Katherine
  • Created on: 09-03-11 16:53

Roles of Men and Women

How have attitudes changed?

  • Before the 1900's women were treated differently to men
  • 1921 women over 30 could vote
  • 1982 women had equal voting rights to men, could stand as MP's.
  • Equal Pay Act 1970
  • 1975 Sex Discrimination Act
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Roles of Men and Women

Why have attitudes changed?

  •  WW1&2 women took men's jobs, proved they could do it just as well.
  • Other countries gave women equal rights, so the UK had to follow.
  • The Suffragettes fought for equal rights
  • U.N Human rights means its now illegal for women and men to be treated differently.
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Christian Attitudes to the roles of women

Traditional Protestants:

  • Men and women, different roles so different rights
  • Jesus only has male disciples
  • In Genesis Adam was created first
  • St Paul taught that women should not speak in church

Modern Protestants:

  • Men and women should have equal roles in life and religion, even accept female ministers
  • Genesis-God created man and woman equally, all in God's image
  • Jesus treated women as his equals
  • There were women priests in the early church

Catholic Christians:

  • Men and Women should have equal roles in society
  • Genesis- God created man and women at the same times, in Hi image so should be treated equally
  • However only men can become priests because in mass the priest represents Jesus and Jesus was a man.
  • Catechism teaches equality.
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Islamic Attitudes to the role of Women

Traditional Muslims:

  • Men and women should have different roles in life and religion-Women create a home and raise children, Men provide for the family because the Qur'an says women are created to bear children. 
  • The Qur'an says men should support women because they are stronger
  • Traditionally only men attend mosques.

Modern Muslims:

  • Completely equal roles in life and religion
  • The Qur'an teaches that men and women are equal in religion and education
  • The Prophet Muhammad encouraged women to worship at the Mosque
  • Women were religious leader in early Islam
  • Many British Muslims mix the two ideas saying women should have equal roles in everything except religion.
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The UK as a muliti ethnic society

Problem caused by a multi ethnic society:

  • Racism
  • Extremist groups (BNP)
  • Ethnic groups not being employed, refused accommodation, paid less
  • Stop & Search-some police officers will stop you because of your ethnicity
  • Begin to work against society
  • Not achieving
  • Turn to crime
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The UK as a multi ethnic society

Benefits of a multi ethnic society:

  • Less chance of war brings peace
  • Inter-marry
  • Progress develop more, and quicker
  • See all people as one race
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Multi Faith Society

Benefits of living in a multi faith society:

  • Can learn about regions from friends and others
  • Seeing other people practice their religion seriously makes you think about your won
  • Understand other people, how they act and that everyone is entitled to their own opinion
  • Religious tolerance will stop religious conflict
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Multi Faith Society

Issues raised for religion by a multi faith society:


  • Many religions see it is as their duty to convert others, they believe their religion is the only true religion an that others are mistaken.
  • They believe everyone should go to heaven and the only way to go to heaven is for them to be converted.
  • It causes problems because it can lead to prejudice and discrimination as other people don't like being told that their view is wrong.
  • It can also lad to arguments and violence.
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Multi Faith Society

Issues raised for religion by a multi faith society:

Bringing up children:

  • Parents want children to follow their religion, therefore reject others.
  • Religions teach life after death, parents worry that they will not see their children after death so they pressure to follow the religion.
  • There is social and peer pressure put on children to save family and cultural traditions.
  • Many children experience secular schools,. so turn away from religion. All of this causes problems for religious followers.
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Multi Faith Society

Issues raised for religion by a multi faith society:

Interfaith Marriages:

  • Raises problems for religious parents and leaders because there is only one religious ceremony (when getting married), and both couples must be members of the religion for a religious ceremony, people worry about leaving their faith.
  • Question over which religion the children will be raised in. For parents there is a feeling of children betraying their roots by falling in love with someone from a different religion.
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Multi Faith Society

Ways in which RELIGIONS work to promote Community Cohesion in the UK:

  • Religious leaders identifying similarities-by meeting and sharing the information with their followers.
  • Interfaith marriages- developing services to bring families together, develop a shared view. (They are actually creating special wedding so that people from two different religions can get married in their own religious way)
  • Raising children-by having to be taught at least 2 religions, to stop ignorance, racism and to break down barriers.
  • Working together in special groups-interfaith networks and websites, to understand others.
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Community Cohesion

GOVERNMENT actions to promote community cohesion:

  • Financially support groups running community cohesion projects
  • Making community cohesion a part of the national curriculum, and the OFSTED inspection
  • Funding research for how to achieve community cohesion
  • Appointing ministers, judges etc from ethnic backgrounds
  • Passing the Race Regulations Act, making it unlawful to discriminate against race and color.
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Jazz M


WOOOW! This was really helpful!



Thanks Jasmine, I will get round to making some more ASAP there are just a few more notes I need to include :)

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