2 years ago

27 April, 2016

Manning Clark Lecture Theatre 1 (MCC T1)

Organised by:
International Relations Society

Last year, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop MP revealed that more than 500 western women secretly travelled to join the Islamic State, including 40 Australian women. Bishop stated, “They’re being used by men who know nothing but hate, used as sexual slaves, manipulated for propaganda and recruitment purposes, and in some cases ending their lives as suicide bombers.”

Yet public confusion is still widespread about the rights and roles of women in extremist societies. With the rise and resistance of ISIS, high public attention is being directed towards militant islamist groups. However, the status of women within societies struggling with terrorism is still a challenging concept to unravel. Why are women unfairly targeted under these actors, and what compels these organisations to regressively limit the rights of women? Why are some women themselves participating in the process, and most importantly, what mechanisms are there for the international community to address these issues?

Our panellists include:

Dr Raihan Ismail: Raihan is a CAIS Associate Lecturer. She has a Bachelor in Political Science, with a minor in Islamic Studies, and a Masters in International Relations from the International Islamic University Malaysia, IIUM (UIA). Dr Ismail's research interests include: Sectarianism in the Gulf region, Political Islam with a strong focus on Egypt and South East Asia, and studies of religious institutions in the Middle East.

Amne Alrifai: Amne is a writer at "Unveiled Thought“. Unveiled Thought is the result of Amne’s commentary on issues that primarily relate to social justice and multicultural affairs in Australia. For more information, visit her website at http://unveiledthought.com/

Dr Vanessa Newby: Vanessa has lived in and researched the Middle East for over six years and is an Arabic speaker. Vanessa is a regular blogger for the The Lowy Institute for International Policy on Middle Eastern politics. Her research interests include Politics, religion, society, media, history and international relations of the Middle East.

The event will be moderated by Evi Eliyanah. Evi is a PhD student at the School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific. Her research investigates representations of masculinities in the post-authoritarian Indonesian cinema.

Halal refreshments will be provided afterwards.

For any queries, please contact the ANU International Relations Society at ir.society@anu.edu.au or the ANU Circle for Gender Equity at anu.genderequity@gmail.com.