Centre for Feminist Research presents talk on feminism and Palestinian women

The Centre for Feminist Research (CFR) presents “Feminism and Palestinian Women’s Struggles”, a talk by Nahla Abdo, on March 17 from 3 to 5pm at 305 Founders College.

Nahla Abdo
Nahla Abdo

Palestinian women’s experiences in the anti-colonial struggle are as long as their experiences with settler colonialism. Still, and not unlike the struggles and very existence of their people in general, women’s struggles have largely been ignored, if not silenced.

When Palestinian women began to get involved in the armed struggle against settler colonialism, the West, in general, and the feminist movement, more specifically, began to take interest in their struggle.

This talk discusses the Western feminist discourse on Palestinian women’s struggles and the responses to such discourse by Palestinian women political activists.

Abdo is an Arab-Canadian feminist, political activist and professor of sociology at Carleton University. She has extensive publications on anti-colonial feminism, racism, nationalism and the state in the Middle East with special focus on Palestinian women.

The introduction will be led by Meg Luxton, a professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LAPS).

Light refreshments served. RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca. Please note this event counts towards seminar requirements for GFWS students.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Department of Equity Studies, Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies, the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Department of Social Science, Department of Political Science, and the Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought.

For more information, email cfr@yorku.ca.