Button 3 Session 4 Sun

KURDISH WOMEN'S EXPERIENCES AND POLITICAL ALTERNATIVES

KURDISH WOMEN'S EXPERIENCES AND POLITICAL ALTERNATIVES

Due to the century-long oppression of Kurds within the confines of four nation states dominated by Arabs, Turks and Persians, Kurds were subjected to genocide, chemical bombardments, imprisonment and forced disappearances. Kurdish women had to carry the double burden of Kurdishness and womanhood. In recent years the Kurdish women’s struggles were brought to light due to their bravery and revolutionary struggle against Islamism and ISIS. This seminar we will shed light on the long and complex history of armed struggle in Kurdistan, shared experiences of imprisonment, political activism and exile in the four parts of divided Kurdistan. This panel presents speakers from different parts of Kurdistan in diaspora to share their own personal stories of resistance and their visions for women’s rights and Kurdish politics in general.

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