Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 7-9 PM
Integrative Learning Center (ILC), Room N-151, University of Massachusetts Amherst
The UMass Amherst Students for Justice in Palestine are overwhelmingly honored to host four inspired, emboldened women who uphold principles of reproductive justice, intersectional feminism and radical justice:
Co-creator, Reproductive Justice Framework
Visting Associate Professor, Women's Studies, Hampshire College
Interim Executive Director/Program Director, Women Encouraging Empowerment (WEE) Inc.
Director, Women of Color Leadership Network, Center for Women and Community (CWC), University of Massachusetts Amherst
Student, Yale Law School
Former Grassroots Associate, National Council of Jewish Women
Former Social Justice Fellow at Ir Amim ("City of Peoples"/"City of Nations")
**Official bios to come**
“We can’t be free as women unless we are in a free country. And even if we’re free of the occupation, we can’t know freedom as long as we’re subjugated in our own society” –Sama Aweidah, Activist
Plagued by Israel’s brutal and unrelenting military occupation and colonial regime, Palestinian women are violently dispossessed of their fundamental human right to bodily autonomy, dignity and safety. Among them, many find themselves subjected to unique challenges and indignities in their experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, obstinately funneling them and their families into desperate and dangerous situations.
At the same time, internal Palestinian society is strongly marked by patriarchal relations of power. Men possess unchallenged powers over Palestinian women, which often work to restrict and regulate their unequivocal right to total reproductive freedom and justice.
Palestinian women have organized themselves as indispensible to the Palestinian liberation movement; organizing to resist occupation, and simultaneously, spearheading the development of schools, medical care, and other aspects of daily life that function in lieu of a full government for a people living under occupation.
Burdened with lived experiences that are distinctly marked by oppression and occupation, and concurrently - perhaps consequently - enlightened with a broader vision of self-determination, justice and peace, what future have Palestinian women cultivated in their quest for freedom from both internal and external oppression, and what – as intersectional feminists and human rights activists – do we have to learn from them?
Co-sponsored by UMass Amherst Amnesty International, Palestine Advocacy Project, Center for Education Policy and Advocacy (CEPA), Western Massachusetts Jewish Voice for Peace, Brattleboro Solidarity, Smith Students for Justice in Palestine, Boston Jewish Voice for Peace, Smith College Women & Gender Studies and The UMass Amherst Departments of Communication, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Philosophy.
**Still adding co-sponsors! Please DM UMass Amherst Students for Justice in Palestine to be added as a co-sponsor**