Women Confronting ISIS: CUNY hosts symposium on women, extremism and local strategies

This month, Professor Jacqui True took presented at a day long symposium entitled ‘Women Confronting ISIS: Local Strategies and States’ Responsibilities’ held in New York. The symposium largely centred on women’s activism in the face of gender-based atrocities committed by ISIS, as well as state-sanctioned discrimination and violence, offering insights into grassroots activism lead by women in Iraq and Syria. ‘Women Confronting ISIS’ was a side event in the United Nations 59th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) program.

Professor True was joined by a number of locally-based Iraqi and Syrian gender activists, as well as other international experts including Madeleine Rees (Secretary General of WILPF), Yanar Mohammed (Founder and Director of the Organisation for Women’s Freedom in Iraq) and Nawal Yazeji, co-president of the Syrian Women League.

The symposium was hosted by the CUNY School of Law and sponsored by The Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice, MADRE, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Nobel Women’s Initiative (NWI), and the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI).

Watch/Listen to the speakers from the symposium on the CUNY website or below: