On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we are launching new research and bringing together both an expert panel of international speakers and the authors of a forthcoming collection, looking at why women from religious minorities experience a unique form of discrimination, marginalisation and sexual violence.
This event will launch a new special collection, entitled Violence and Discrimination Against Women of Religious Minority Backgrounds in Pakistan. These papers look in particular at the situation in Pakistan where a number of recent high profile cases of young women and girls being abducted, forcibly converted and married are highlighting the deep-rooted inequalities facing women from religious minorities. Research on other countries to follow.
Welcome and introductions
Professor Melissa Leach, Director, IDS and Professor Mariz Tadros, Director, CREID.
Professor Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights and Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar at the University of California-Davis School of Law.
Chaired by Professor Mariz Tadros, speakers include:
- Maryam Kanwer and Sadiqa Sultan, Al-Khoei Foundation
- Ayesha Khan, Director and Senior Researcher at the Collective for Social Science Research
- Dr M.K., Leader from the Ahmaddiya community
- Naumana Suleman, Minority Rights Group
Mr Mike Battcock, Civil Society Team Leader, Inclusive Societies Department, FCDO
- Paper ‘Gender-Based Perspectives on Key Issues Facing Poor Ahmadi Women in Pakistan‘
- Policy Brief ‘Discrimination, Marginalisation and Targeting of Ahmadi Muslim Women in Pakistan‘
- Paper ‘A Case of Several Jeopardies: A Study on the Intersecting Inequalities in the Everyday Lives of Poor Minority Christian Women and Girls in Pakistan’
- Policy Brief ‘Experiences of Intersecting Inequalities for Christian Women and Girls in Pakistan;
Hazara Shia women
- Paper ‘The Multi-Layered Minority: Exploring the Intersection of Gender, Class and Religious-Ethnic Affiliation in the Marginalisation of Hazara Women in Pakistan’
- Policy Brief ‘A Multi-Layered Minority: Hazara Shia Women in Pakistan‘