Women’s Peace Activism: Iran, Iraq and Syria

Hosted by LSE Library and LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Time: Friday 03 May 2019 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Place: Library Education Room (Lower Ground Floor), Lse Library, Portugal Street, United Kingdom


  • Laila Alodaat: Middle East and North Africa Director of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Dr Nina Ansary: Historian and Leading Authority on Women’s Rights in Iran
  • Dr Zeynep Kaya: Research Fellow at the Lse Middle East Centre


  • Dr Louise Arimatsu: Distinguished Policy Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security
Women’s involvement in peace activism has a long history and spans across the globe. Yet, all too often, these accounts remain hidden or silenced by mainstream narratives.This event is part of a series of public conversations that seek to surface alternative histories and perspectives and, by doing so, prompt different questions and identify solutions to further peace and security for all. In this talk Nina Ansary, Zeynep Kaya and Laila Alodaat will discuss women’s peace activism in Iran, Iraq and Syria.

The event has been organised by LSE Library and the AHRC-funded Feminist International Law of Peace and Security project, in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

This event will be followed by a reception of tea and coffee in the LSE Library gallery space, with a chance to view the exhibition “The Sacred year 1919: women and the professions”. The Sacred Year 1919 marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act. This act enabled women to enter most professions and professional bodies for the first time. This exhibition celebrates pioneering women who first entered male-dominated professions such as law, accountancy, the Church, the sciences and the arts. There were many obstacles and this exhibition shows how these women broke down barriers so that other women could follow.

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