Data, however, indicate that religious hostilities in Kenya have moved into the very high category, much higher than the norm in the world (see chart). According to Pew Research, social hostilities involving religion entered the very high category in 2011 and continue to rise.
Indeed, the Pew Research Center observes that, rather than being an isolated event, such terrorist attacks are part of Kenya’s sharp rise in religious hostilities.The latest episodes follow an al-Shabaab attack on an upscale Nairobi shopping mall in Sept. 2013.
Religious hostilities impact tourism in numerous countries, including in Egypt. Religious hostilities and restrictions create climates that can drive away local and foreign investment, undermine sustainable development, and disrupt huge sectors of economies. Such has occurred in the ongoing cycle of religious regulations and hostilities in Egypt. Perhaps most significant for future economic growth, the instability associated with high and rising religious restrictions and hostilities can influence young entrepreneurs to take their talents elsewhere.
The webinar will be co-hosted by the UN Global Compact's Business for Peace platform together with the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation (RF&BF). It will explain how businesses can effectively incorporate religious freedom in their strategic business plans for the benefit of their stakeholders, their employees, and society and also highlight the positive contributions to peace these actions can have in the workplace, marketplace, and local communities. Finally, the webinar will also introduce a range of global initiatives that businesses and other stakeholders are welcome to join. REGISTER