KURDISH WOMEN'S EXPERIENCES AND POLITICAL ALTERNATIVES

TÜLIN DAĞ is a London-based filmmaker. She was born in Erzurum in eastern Turkey. In 1994 she was arrested for political reasons and stayed in different Turkish prisons for 9.5 years. After her release in 2004, she studied Management of Performing Arts and Cinema &Television at Istanbul Bilgi University. In 2016, she completed her MA in Social Projects and NGO Management in Istanbul Bilgi University. 'One Step Beyond…' is her first documentary film. She continues her documentary on Kurdish women in the diaspora. She is also working on an interdisciplinary performance project with diary and letters which she wrote in prison.

SHARA TAHIR Born in Sulaymania, Kurdistan received a Bachelor of Social Psychology from Skövde University, Sweden in 2011 and a Bachelor in English Literature from Salahaddin University in 2000. She is currently pursuing a Master in social works at Gothenburg University, Sweden. Passionately engaged in diverse intellectual activities to promote cultural integration among different peoples. Tahir has been an educational advisor with the Mines Advisory Group in north Iraq, and a director for a humanitarian women’s organization in Sweden. She is currently a supervisor working with an organization to support girls who are exposed to violence and sexual abuse.

DIBA ALIKHANI Is a women’s rights activist from Kurdistan-lran, now living in London. She was born in Sanandaj-Kurdistan and had most of her career and education in Tehran. Diba worked with women and children since the age of 17. Since then and throughout her education, starting at Tehran University, she became aware of the notion of inequality.  While in Iran she started an independent organization for supporting women- named “Kanoon e Zanan” meaning “Organization to support Women and Children.  It was the first institution of its kind in Iran. After obtaining two Master degrees in psychosocial studies and clinical psychology, Diba started to work as a therapist and she is also a student of PhD in psychology

AVAN OMAR Was born in Sulaymania, South Kurdistan, where she graduated from the University of Fine Arts in 2004, and she studied Masters in Fine Art at the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem in Netherlands between 2014-2017. Avan, explores a variety of subject matters through a number of different frameworks and modalities.

Her work can be interpreted as a description of the body, as a commentary on culture generally and on gender particularly. Her work can also be interpreted through the concept of space as her installation works depend on the viewer to inhibit the surrounding space to complete the effect. She continues to work in a group in a number of projects and workshops and on her own. Her work is exhibited in different locations in Kurdistan, The Netherlands and France.

AVAN OMAR

HOUZAN MAHMOUD  is feminist activist, public lecturer and co-founder of Culture Project,  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 One Law for All’s Secularism Award for 2018 for her tireless work in defense of women’s rights and secularisation of Kurdish society.

Houzan will talk about ‘Resistance on Many Fronts’

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ISABEL KÄSER holds a PhD from the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS in London. She is currently a guest lecturer at the University of Bern in Switzerland, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at SOAS and the head of an 'Art and Mediation' project at the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs.