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Centre for Gender and Violence Research attends international conference in Paris

10 July 2017

Dr Nazand Begikhani, senior research fellow, from the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, recently participated in the International Conference ‘Kurdistan 2003-2017: From Federalism towards Independence?’ which took place in Paris in June.

The conference was a joint venture organised by the University of Soran and the Kurdish Institute of Paris, examining the social and political development of Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Dr Begikhani, who is also the Senior International Advisor on Higher Education and Gender, convened a special panel on gender, religion and social policies in IKR and highlighted the work the University of Bristol had undertaken to help Kurdistan Region’s government and universities to address social policies and gender-related issues.
Two colleagues from the University of Sulaimani’s Gender and Violence Studies Centre, Dr Basma Habib and Dr Nashmil Rasul, also travelled to Paris to address the conference.  Dr Habib discussed the role of NGOs in combating Violence against women whilst Dr Rasul contributed a paper addressing the health condition of women in IKR highlighting legal challenges.
The University of Sulaimani’s Gender and Violence Studies Centre is our sister Centre founded by Dr Nazand Begikhani and Professeur Gill Hague in 2011 with the help of the British Council and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
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