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Palestinian Feminist Discourses: Contemporary Views and Emerging Movements

General Programming

dateFebruary 11, 2021 timeThursday, 1:00pm EST locationVirtual Event
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center
  • Center for the Humanities and the Center for Archaeology
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
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LIFTA x CPS presents Palestinian Feminist Discourses: Contemporary Views and Emerging Movements, a live panel as part of the program 'Palestine, IN-BETWEEN'. Joining us from Gaza, Haifa, and Ramallah, the panel introduces new feminist movements that are gaining momentum across historic Palestine. It's a discussion highlighting shared desires and the varying approaches to organizing and mobilizing based on locality and the different faces of Israeli oppression. Topics will include contemporary political feminist movements, queer feminist activism, and feminism as a human rights issue. It addresses how these new movements have been inspired by or, on the contrary, depart from past Palestinian feminist movements

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Speakers include Tala'at member Riya Al’Sanah, Al-Shabaka senior analyst Yara Hawari, the Center for Women's Legal Researches and Consulting in Gaza project coordinator Nour Swirki, and Aswat co-founder Ghadir al Shafie. The discussion will be moderated by Aamer Ibraheem, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University.

Riya Al'Sanah is an activist and a member of the Palestinian feminist movement Tala'at. Al'Sanah's research focuses on issues relating to political economy and the Palestinian labor movement. She's currently a research coordinator at Who Profits, a research center investigating private sector complicity in the Israeli occupation economy. Al'Sanah holds an M.S. from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where she studied politics of the Middle East and political science.

Nour Swirki is a Palestinian feminist and human rights activist who graduated with an M.A. in journalism. Swirki is the project coordinator at the Center for Women's Legal Researches and Consulting in Gaza. Between 2017 and 2019 she worked for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, monitoring and reporting human rights violations at the Gaza sub-office.

Yara Hawari is the senior analyst of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. She completed her Ph.D in Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter, where she taught various undergraduate courses and continues to be an honorary research fellow. In addition to her academic work, which focused on indigenous studies and oral history, she is also a frequent political commentator writing for media outlets that include The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and Al Jazeera English.

Ghadir al Shafie is the co-founder and director of Aswat - Palestinian Feminist Center for Gender and Sexual Freedoms. She is a feminist and queer activist whose work focuses on fighting the triple oppression of systems that queer Palestinian women suffer from––Israel's system of apartheid, military occupation, and settler-colonialism; an imperialistic and male-dominated society; pinkwashing and homophobia. Al Shafie also advocates for intersectional solidarity with Palestine in the global feminist and queer movements. Her interviews and articles appear in various academic and media outlets, Arab and international.

Aamer Ibraheem is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at Columbia University.