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State-building and Gender in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq since 2003

27 May 2014, University of Kurdistan-Hewlêr

As part of the the Academic Collaboration research project, the LSE MEC and AUD are organising a workshop at the University of Kurdistan-Hewlêr in Erbil on 27 May 2014. This workshop focuses on the relationship between international actors in institutional reconstruction and gender relations in Kurdistan-Iraq since 2003. The workshop will particularly assess the attempts to improve women's status in this region, the areas of progress and problems that emerged. It will also provide a forum for discussing the implications of policies for the future of gender equality and for recommending new policies and courses of action.



 Workshop Programme

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08.30 - 09.00


09.00 - 09.15

Welcome Address
Professor Khaled Salih, University of Kurdistan-Hewler
Dr Zeynep Kaya, LSE

09.15 - 11.00

Session 1: Institutional Changes, International Actors and Gender


What Impact has a UN Presence had on Women’s Rights in Iraqi Kurdistan?
Frances Guy, UNWomen Representative


Decentralisation and Local Governance in the Kurdistan Region: Opportunities for Empowerment and Gender Balance
Nesreen Barwari, KRG; KWS for Learning and Education; University of Dohuk


The Role of Local and International Women’s NGOs in Increasing Awareness of Gender Equality and Improving the Status of Women
Huda Sarhang, Warvin Foundation for Women Issues

11.00 - 11.30

Tea and Coffee

11.30 - 13.15

Session 2: Assessing Government Responses to Violence against Women


Government Responses to Violence against Women and the Effects of Women’s Political Participation: The Kurdistan Parliament Elections in 2013 as a Model
Suzan Aref, Women Empowerment Organisation


Actions and Policies Aimed at Improving Gender Equality of Opportunity or Equality of Outcome
Bahar Ali, Emma Organisation for Human Development


What has not been Done in the Kurdistan Region that had to be Done?
Wahbya Asaad, International Rescue Committee

13.15 - 14.30


14.30 - 16.15

Session 3: Understanding the Relationship between the Gender Issue and Societal Norms/Culture


Experiences of Women’s Rights Groups and Professionals in Challenging Gender-based Violence in the Kurdistan Region
Dr Nazand Begikhani, University of Bristol


Female Academics’ Research Capacities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Socio-cultural Issues, Personal Factors and Institutional Practices
Lone Bendixen, Kirstin Crawford, Lanja Dabbagh, Hedi Golmohamad, UKH


Youth Attitudes Towards Gender Issues in the Kurdistan Region
Emmanuelle Veuilet, Sciences-Po and UKH

16.15 - 16.30

Closing Remarks