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Feminism vs. Islamophobia

Feminism vs. Islamophobia

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4 years ago

Building Solidarity: Feminists working together to challenge Islamophobia and Patriarchy. An evening of short films, speakers and discussion.

'Diving Within', directed by Hanan Dirya, is a short documentary featuring Sharena Abdullah, a Muslim woman from Malaysia who came to Ireland four years ago.

'Making Waves: Expressions of Gender Equality in the Sacred Texts and Islamic Tradition', directed by Alice McDowell, explores women and men as scholars and activists promoting interpretations of the Qur'an and Hadiths that empower women and promote justice, equality and dignity.

The event also featured three speakers with an open discussion!

Farah Mokhtareizadeh is an Iranian-American activist and educator with nearly two decades' experience working with grassroots campaigns, focused on building popular struggles that imagine and nurture horizontalist social structures. With firm roots in both faith-based, community and international solidarity organising, Farah's most passionate focus has been on issues of gender, class and race in the context of 'East' and 'West' relations. Farah recently completed a PhD at Trinity College in Dublin, focusing on contemporary feminism in Iran and Afghanistan. She works as a Community Educator for An Cosan VCC and is an active member of Saoirse Jin, a group that works in solidarity with women's organisations in Kurdistan.

Niloufar Omidi is from Iran and has been living in Galway for 4 years. She is a PhD Candidate at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUIG and does doctoral research on the right to peace and its enforcement through international law instruments. Niloufar has taught ‘An introduction to peace studies’; ‘International Environmental Law’ and ‘the religious roots of human rights’. She holds an LL.M in International Law and has researched into arbitration, as a successful method of peaceful settlement of international disputes, with focus on the ‘Iran-United States Claims Tribunal’ (2011).

Reem Mujadedi was born and raised in the Saudi Arabia, where she did a Bachelor degree in Sharia law. Soon after that she moved to Ireland to study English and continue her legal studies, completing her L.LM in human rights at UCD. Reem is now doing her PhD research at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, exploring “The Ideological Misuses of Moral Discourses on Pluralism”, which aims at highlighting the points of sensitivity between Islam and human rights in order to achieve a better state of peace and security through pluralism.


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