MEPW: Women’s Rights – Where are we and where do we go from here? – Lent 2016

Pembroke Politics will be co-hosting an event for Cambridge Middle East Peace Week on the 17th February 2016, in the Old Library at 5:30pm.

The third discussion of Middle East Peace Week, the speakers will be looking at the complex yet fascinating issue of women’s rights, with a particular focus on where the situation is now and what must be done in the future. It is a subject that has provoked, and continues to provoke, debate and discussions amongst academics and feminists alike. The event will be looking at the realities beneath the often hazy picture portrayed by the media, drawing on recent trends and how they might affect prospects for the future.


Ruwayda Mustafah
Ruwayda Mustafah is a British-Kurdish blogger and activist. She has masters in Political communication, advocacy and campaigning. Currently, she is completing her PhD studies at Kingston University in International Politics, focusing on Kurdistan Region’s democratic progress and prospect for statehood. She is the former Editor for Alliance for Kurdish Rights.

Tehmina Kazi
Tehmina Kazi is director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy, an organisation which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of democracy and its contribution to a shared vision of citizenship. Tehmina has done extensive research on domestic and international human rights issues, ranging from religious freedom to gender-based violence. She regularly contributes to forums on civil liberties and citizenship.

Hadas Aharon
Hadas Aharon is an Israeli Masters student at the University of Birmingham studying international relations and diplomacy, specialising in the Israeli-Arab conflict. She is a student ambassador for Israel advocacy group StandWithUs and has served in the IDF as a solider. She will talk about the experience of women in Israel and the army.

Nezahat Cihan
Nezahat Cihan works for Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Right’s Organisation (IKWRO), whose mission is to protect Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls who are at risk of ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence and to promote their rights.They direct services for women and girls, including advocacy, training and counselling, as well as offering advice and support to professionals from bodies such as the police, social services and schools to help them to understand issues affecting minority ethnic women, campaigning for better laws and their effective implementation. She was also former director at the IMECE Turkish Speaking Women’s Group.

Organisers: CUCRAG, IsraelSoc, KurdishSoc, OneVoice Cambridge and PersianSoc.

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