After a summer of yoga and knitting, W3's September session features a talk from Idrisa Pandit about women's resistance and resilience in militarized Kashmir. Idrisa is an associate professor at Renison and is heavily involved in the local community in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Come at 4:00 for socializing and snacks, or closer to 5:00 for Idrisa's talk.
About the talk
Kashmir is the world’s highest militarized zone and one of long standing international territorial disputes. The last twenty seven years of active resistance by the population of Kashmir has resulted in death, torture, enforced disappearances and other forms of oppression. With the heavy militarization, women have been targets and survivors of systemic violence.
Despite all political and social odds, the women of Kashmir exercise their agency as active participants in documenting, reporting and protesting the abuses committed against them as mothers of children of war, as half-widows, and as daughters of the land.
This talk will focus on some of the struggles of of Kashmiri Muslim women who have chosen to not be defeated even as the perpetrators of violence are sheltered and guaranteed absolute impunity by the Indian Government.
About the speaker
Idrisa Pandit is an associate professor and director of Studies in Islam at Renison University College. Her research interests include: inter-religious dialogue, Islam and Muslims in the West, women in Islam, Kashmir conflict, faith based approaches to ending domestic violence and cultural and spiritually sensitive counselling
In 2017, Pandit received the "Leading Women, Leading Girls" Community Building award from the Ontario Ministry for Status of Women, and the Volunteer Excellence Award from Muslim Social Services of Kitchener-Waterloo. In 2015, she was awarded the community service Woman of the Year Award at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.
W3 (Waterloo Women's Wednesdays) is a monthly gathering of woman-identified and non-binary grad students, post-docs, staff and faculty that (usually) meets on the last Wednesday of each month.