Visions of a Future Kurdistan(s): Gender, Politics, and Society

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Khalili Lecture Theatre

SOAS, University of London

Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square

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WC1H 0XG

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The fight against the Islamic State is slowly beginning to wind down, and the shift of power dynamics in the Middle East is gaining speed. As minority groups develop new systems of governance and self-determination amidst fluctuating regional and international powers, the Kurdistan region is at the forefront of changing geopolitical structures. The role of women in Kurdistan and the Middle East has been given international attention following the central role women have been playing both on the battlefield but also in shaping the new political systems. How can women be certain that their rights and needs will be respected and protected as the conflict evolves and the transitionary period begins? How can gender equality become a central pillar of a new socio-political and economic system moving forward, encompassing women from all ethnic and religious backgrounds? And what happens to those women – and their families – left behind by the Islamic State and other extremist groups?

Join us for a day of presentations and discussion with activists, politicians and academics from different parts of the Kurdistan region and the UK. The day will end with a film screening of 'Syria: Inside a Prison for Jihadists' (arte documentary) and a Q&A with the filmmaker Mehdi Medded, who recently returned from Northern Syria.

Speakers include: Nadje Al-Ali (SOAS), Michelle Alison (KNK), Haje Keli (SOAS), Mehmet Kurt (Queen Mary), Houzan Mahmoud (Culture Project), Salih Muslim (PYD, skype), Bedran Öztürk (HDP), Chiman Rahimi (film director and journalist), Latif Tas (SOAS), Katherine Wright (Plan C), Güney Yildiz (ECFR), Nahide Zengin (Jinwar).

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Khalili Lecture Theatre

SOAS, University of London

Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square

London

WC1H 0XG

United Kingdom

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