Women’s involvement in peace activism has a long history and spans across the globe. Yet, all too often, these accounts remain hidden or silenced by mainstream narratives.
This event is part of a series of public conversations that seek to surface alternative histories and perspectives and, by doing so, prompt different questions and identify solutions to further peace and security for all. In this talk Nina Ansary, Zeynep Kaya and Laila Alodaat will discuss women’s peace activism in Iran, Iraq and Syria.
Dr Nina Ansary is a historian and leading authority on women's rights in Iran. Her book ‘Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran’ received international attention and has garnered multiple awards – including the 2016 International Book Award in ''Women’s Issues''. In 2018, Dr. Ansary was appointed one of six UN Women Champions for Innovation, supporting the flagship programs of the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC). Dr Ansary is a Visiting Fellow and Patron of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.
Dr Zeynep Kaya is a Research Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre. She is part of the UK DFID-Funded Conflict Research Programme and is leading projects on gendered drivers of conflict in Iraq, the impact of genocide on the Yazidi community, responses to internal displacement in Iraqi Kurdistan, WPS and displacement in the Middle East, and women’s political participation in Kuwait. She is also a Lecturer at the Pembroke-King’s Programme, University of Cambridge.
Laila Alodaat is the Middle East and North Africa Director of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She is also is a human rights lawyer specialising in international law of armed conflicts and the human rights of women. Laila has focused her work on international accountability and the responsibility to protect civilians and marginalized groups.
Dr Louise Arimatsu (Chair) is Distinguished Policy Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, where she works on the AHRC project 'A Feminist International Law of Peace and Security' and the ERC project 'Gendered Peace'. Her current research projects include 'A Feminist Foreign Policy' and 'Women and Weapons'.
The event has been organised by LSE Library and the AHRC-funded Feminist International Law of Peace and Security project, in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.
The British Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE Library) was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.
This event will be followed by a reception of tea and coffee in the LSE Library gallery space, with a chance to view the exhibition “The Sacred year 1919: women and the professions”. The Sacred Year 1919 marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act. This act enabled women to enter most professions and professional bodies for the first time. This exhibition celebrates pioneering women who first entered male-dominated professions such as law, accountancy, the Church, the sciences and the arts. There were many obstacles and this exhibition shows how these women broke down barriers so that other women could follow.
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