[P4819] Gender-Based Violence, Solidarity, and Advocacy

Created by Elif Ege
Sunday, 11/19/17 1:00pm


The "gender deficit literature" (El-Said, Meari & Pratt 2015) on the uprisings since 2011 has been replaced with an illuminating scholarship that examines this social and political transformation from the lenses of gender and sexuality (Abouelnaga 2016; Hasso & Salime 2016). This literature has pointed out various forms of violence against women and discussed the mobilization strategies, both activist and advocacy works, developed by women's organization in order to eliminate gender-based violence. Scholars have emphasized the role of the international law, institutions, declarations and transnational solidarity networks, and argued that women's groups resort to these globally-acclaimed frameworks and solidarity relations in their negotiations with their states and societies in order to achieve their demands. (Vinson & Golley 2012; Stephen 2012; Rizzo, Price & Meyer 2012).

However, these times of uncertainty in the Middle East and in the world, which has witnessed different forms of war and conflict and the global rise of state-promoted sexism, racism and xenophobia call for reexamining this framework. For, the international forces have started to lose their power to impose certain legal and political frameworks, and local advocacy groups are facing a less and less cooperative and more hostile states, such as the Turkish state that attempts to contract women's rights despite the local and international pressure. In such contexts, the relationships among international organizations, states and advocacy groups have become more complicated than the aforementioned framework suggests.

To bring a new light on this discussion this panel asks: What types of activism and advocacy strategies do/can women's groups use to mobilize against gender-based violence in a context of increased discursive and physical violence perpetrated by the state and/or private individuals? In what ways do they implement international legal and political norms and regulations in their negotiations with state and society? How do they establish transnational solidarity relations? And, how do they interpret the changing dynamics in the region in terms of women's movements' capacity to influence paternalistic states and their legal and institutional frameworks to eliminate gender violence? This panel tackles with these questions with the purpose of expanding the outlook on mobilization strategies for battling gender-based violence. It critically assesses the advocacy and activist practices around violence against women and interrogates how the organizers navigate the changing political atmosphere as they try to achieve their demands. Thus it will further examine the complex and dynamic character of gender justice activism.


Association for Middle East Women's Studies (AMEWS)


Anthro; Hist; Pol Science




Sondra Hale

(University of California, Los Angeles)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Mary Ann Fay

(Morgan State University)
My book, Unveiling the Harem: Elite Women and the Paradox of Seclusion in Eighteenth-Century Cairo published by Syracuse University Press in 2012 won the Phi Alpha Theta Best First Book Award and the 2013 Honorable Mention Award from the Journal of Middle...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Elif Ege

(SUNY Buffalo)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Sumru Atuk

(The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Gabriella Nassif

(SUNY Buffalo)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;