With characteristic aplomb, she attacked the continuing inequality of women's role in world religion and said differences of culture or religion could not be used as a justification for denying equal rights.
She denounced the treatment of women on religious grounds as a "distortion" of the true message of faiths such as Islam.
While i agree with Cherie Blair's intention i have to disagree that inequality is a "distortion" of the true message of faiths, I see inequality as being it's primary intention.
I am yet to encounter a single religion that views women as equals and i have yet to find a single religion which allow women the same rights as men. Christopher Hitchens recently said (i think at AAI) that women will be the key to abolishing religion from society, That they, More than anyone, Should be fighting for the abolition of religion. He likened it to a slave defending the plantation.
Take Britain for example. Muslim women seek the right to wear Hijabs and Burkahs, And British law grants that right. In reality though the more important right they posses is the right to not wear the Hijab or Burkah. They have the right to not abide by rules written by men thousands of miles away hundreds of years ago. Instead of celebrating their right to be free from inequality they seek instead the right to remain oppressed. Only religion could make someone fight that fight.
It doesn't take much in the way of research to find out about women's roles in religion and it takes even less time to see that religion views women as little more than animals.
In IslamIn Islam the scholars (Ulema's) decide what the women should wear in the company of men, What parts of the body should be covered and whether women are allowed to own property or not. it's also worth pointing out that Ulema's are always men.
In some Islamic states women are stoned for being raped, Beaten for leaving home without a man and have their fingernails pulled out for wearing nail varnish. On the other hand men are allowed to marry and divorce every 24 hours, This is to bypass sex without marriage laws. The woman has no right to request a divorce and would probably be killed for such insubordination.