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Wednesday 6th December 2017 at 2pm (tea and coffee served from 1:30pm).

Location: Main Building Room 5, University of Winchester

The Institute for Theological Partnerships is delighted to host Dr Nadia Aghtaie, a Lecturer in Gender Based Violence at the University of Bristol. Dr Aghtaie will deliver a lecture to link in with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Researchers at the Universities of Bristol, UWE and Cardiff in the UK are currently working on a 30 month Economic and Social Research Council-funded project to explore how 'justice' (in its wider sense) is understood, sought, and experienced by victims/survivors of gender-based violence and by practitioners working to support them. Through semi-structured interviews and police data analysis, this work is also documenting how inequalities and identities intersect with how victims/survivors perceive and seek justice. This paper presents the findings from one strand of this work: how justice is mediated through religious based arbitration and how faith may influence personal and institutional conceptions of justice and affect decision-making.

The presentation focuses specifically on the role of Sharia Councils in arbitrating cases of intimate partner violence and present the findings of interviews with both victims/survivors who have used this mechanism and with practitioners involved in their leadership and administration as well as women’s rights activists.

About Dr Nadia Aghtaie:

Dr Nadia Aghtaie is a lecturer in gender-based violence at University of Bristol, School for Policy Study. She is an active member of Gender Violence Research Centre and Co-Editor of the Journal of Gender-Based Violence. She has a longstanding association with the School, having completed her BSc, MSc and PhD research here looking at perspectives of Iranian students to violence against women in Iran and the UK. Since 2008, Nadia has worked with colleagues on various projects such as, forced marriage within the UK, violence against women in rural and urban areas in the UK. Her most recent research project was on intimate partner violence and abuse (IPVA) among teenagers in five European countries: 'Safeguarding Teenage Intimate Relationships (STIR): Connecting online and offline contexts and risks’, led by Dr Christine Barter. Nadia is currently working on two research projects: 'Justice, Inequality & Gender Based Violence' & 'Gender based Violence and Displacement'.

Recent publications: Aghtaie, N. (2017) Rape within heterosexual intimate relationships in Iran: legal frameworks, cultural and structural violence, Families, Relationships and Societies, Vol 6, No 2, 167-183. Aghtaie, N. & Gangoli. G (2015) Understanding Gender Based Violence in National and International Contexts. London: Routledge

To book a place please contact Brenda Sharp on brenda.sharp@winchester.ac.uk

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