Waterloo Women's Wednesdays: Women and Violence in Kashmir – A talk by Idrisa PanditExport this event to calendar

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 — 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT

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 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.

About W3

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.

About W3 

W3 (Waterloo Women's Wednesdays) is a monthly gathering of woman-identified and non-binary grad students, post-docs, staff and faculty, funded in part by SWEC.

Location 
MC - Mathematics & Computer Building
Room 5479
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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