In March 2014, Mada hosted a seminar entitled “Palestinian Women at the Forefront of Addressing Colonial Schemes,” attended by academics and activists representing feminist studies programs and political groups. The event featured opening addresses by Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, the director of the Gender Studies Program, and Dr. Suhad Daher-Nashif, the project coordinator. These speakers discussed the adversities faced by women who participate in political activism, women’s diverse identities and experiences in colonial contexts, and the role of women in anti-colonial resistance movements.

Subsequent sessions of the seminar considered the historical evolution of Palestinian women’s organizations, the unique socio-political role played by Palestinian Druze women across two generations, women’s involvement in the Land Day protests of 1976, and the participation of Bedouin women in resistance against the Prawer Plan.

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