HOUZAN MAHMOUD

SECULARISM: A FEMINIST ISSUE

RESISTANCE AGAINST FUNDAMENTALISM AND ALTERNATIVES

My talk will focus on the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria and their destructive methods of genocide and sexual enslavement of women. The legacy of ISIS mentality in addition to existing social conservatism will be discussed as to how they leave a deadly impact on women, their bodies, rights and freedoms.

Finally, I will point out how women developed strategies of self-defence, armed struggle as well as planting gender equality in the heart of this struggle.

About Houzan: Houzan is a women’s rights campaigner, public lecturer and co-founder of Culture Project, http://cultureproject.org.uk a project formed to raise awareness about feminism and gender in Kurdistan and diaspora. She is also editorial board member of Culture Magazine, a quarterly publication published in Kurdistan/Iraq. She has an MA in Gender Studies from SOAS, London University. She was born in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1973 and currently resides and works in London.

She is the winner of 2016 Emma Humphrey’s Memorial Award and was a nominee for the Secularist of the year by National Secular Society as a recognition of her tireless work for secularisation of Kurdish society.

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