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Dec 10 2019

What’s Happening With Kurdish Feminists in Northern Syria? A Community Forum

December 10, 2019

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Student Center East 302


750 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60612


What's happening with Kurdish feminists in northern Syria?
A Community Forum

What is going on in Syria and what does United States foreign policy have to do with it? Rojava is a semi-autonomous region in Northern Syria run by socialist feminist Kurds. It’s a remarkable story unfolding in a region under fire. It is now at the center of a deepening regional crisis.

Join the UIC Social Justice Initiative, Arab American Cultural Center and the Gender and Women's Studies department for a conversation about Kurdish women's struggle for survival. Attendees will learn about the research and first hand experiences of three feminist activists working on this issue, and one who has just come back from the region.

Author Meredith Tax will also discuss her book, A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State. The text recounts the dramatic, underreported history of the Rojava Kurds, whose all-women militia was instrumental in the mountaintop rescue of tens of thousands of civilians besieged in Iraq. Books will be available for purchase.

Guest speakers include:

  • Dr. Ozlem Goner - Kurdish scholar & activist, active in the Emergency Committee for Rojava
  • Debbie Bookchin - Journalist & author, recently returned from the Rojava region in Syria
  • Meredith Tax - Longtime feminist activist and author of "A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State"


Social Justice Initiative

Date posted

Dec 3, 2019

Date updated

Dec 3, 2019