Dec 10 2019

ArabAmCC – Community Forum: Feminist Kurds Fighting For Survival

December 10, 2019

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


UIC Student Center East, Room 302, 750 S. Halsted St.


Chicago, IL 60607




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.

What is going on in Syria and what does US 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 now at the center of a deepening regional crisis.

Come and hear 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.

Featuring Guest Speakers:

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"

FREE and open to the public.




Date posted

Nov 21, 2019

Date updated

Nov 21, 2019