The UN Women's Palestinian Office has supported a series of publications on Palestinian women’s access to justice. The first publication in this series, Access Denied (2014), examined the socio-political and legal context of access to justice for Palestinian women in the occupied West Bank. The study focused on the ordeals faced by Palestinian women in Area C and H2, which make up approximately 60 per cent of the West Bank and remain under the full civil and security control of Israel and the Israeli military. In these areas women are limited both physically and procedurally from accessing justice and security institutions.
Access Denied’s recommendations included the call for similar research on women’s access to justice be carried out in East Jerusalem, which is part of the occupied West Bank, but was unilaterally annexed by Israel in 1967 in contravention of international law. Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem live in uncertainty of evictions, residency revocations, demolitions, movement restrictions and violent encounters with Israeli security forces and settler groups. Palestinian women and girls in East Jerusalem and their access to justice are limited by the interplay between on the one hand the discriminatory multiple legal regimes of the Israeli occupation and on the other the internal mechanisms of patriarchal control within Palestinian communities. In these circumstances women’s access to justice in East Jerusalem faces challenges that are unique not only to the occupied Palestinian territory, but to the world in general.
Schedule of Programming:
8:30-9:00 Coffee, tea and light breakfast
9:00-9:15 Opening: Maria Noel Vaeza, UN Women Director of Programming
9:15-10:00 Presentation of Report: Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Lead Researcher of Women’s Studies Centre (Jerusalem) research team and Lawrence D Biele Chair in Law, Institute of Criminology -Faculty of Law, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
10:00-11:00 Discussants: Dr. Lila Abu Lughod, Joseph L. Buttenweiser Professor of Social Science, Department of Anthropology/Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, Columbia University, with a Representative of Human Rights Watch (TBA) and a Representative of Independent Diplomat (TBA).
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Inspired by the life of Bessie M. Lee (–b. 1894 - 1955), who, after migrating to New York City, spent two years in indentured servitude, “Light” is a film in which dance, memory, music and poetry collide in a visual and aural landscape; a meditation on women being propelled into the unknown by courage and faith to risk their lives and everything they have for freedom. In “Light”, Aoki and Lee highlight the lives of women, including Bessie M. Lee, who through the resilience and triumph over unimaginable experiences, were grounding forces in the creation of the New York Chinatown community in the early 1900s.
Hortense Spillers considers the aftermath of the notion of partus sequitur ventrem—the “American ‘innovation’ that proclaimed that the child born of an enslaved mother would also be enslaved.” In her fall lecture, “Shades of Intimacy: Women in the Time of Revolution,” she deepens this ongoing exploration by engaging the idea of the “shadow” family as one of the tectonic shifts in the concept and practice of social relations in the New World from the 18th century forward. Join us for Spillers’ critical examination of this period of profound contradiction and change when dangerously hegemonic definitions of race, gender, and family took hold.
Registration for this lecture is preferred but not required. To register, click here.
About Hortense Spillers
Hortense Spillers is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor in the English Department at Vanderbilt University, where she has been on faculty since 2006. She is the editor (along with Marjorie Pryse) of Conjuring: Black Women, Fiction, and Literary Tradition (1985) and Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern Text (1991). She published a collection of essays, Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture (2003), which spans the breadth of her professional interests in African American culture and history.
On Wednesday November 9th IRWGS will be hosting its second graduate colloquium of the 2016-2017 academic year at 4:30 in 754 Schermerhorn Ext. Joseph Frank Lawless (Columbia Law School) will be workshopping his paper titled “Is a Penis Really Worth a Thousand Words: Disentangling the Imbrications of Avowal, Affect, and the Unsolicited Dick Pick in the Production of Hetero-Masculinity.”
“As the border purporting to separate the material from the virtual continues to disintegrate in a techno-infused temporality, notions of the “sexual” come to be (re)presented in unexpected and unconventional modes. The digital exchange of self-taken nude photographs via cellphone has coagulated as one of the most visible among these new modalities. In this discussion, I examine a genre of image so firmly entrenched within the sociosexual imaginary as to have its own name: the “dick pic.” My objectives in this discussion are threefold. First, I provide an ontological and epistemological account of the dick pic which coheres through the image’s alchemical synthesis of materiality and virtuality. Next, I engage the dick pic as a form of discourse, arguing that it operates as a performative avowal intended to facilitate the hetero-male body’s approximation of an idealized hetero-masculinity. Third, I illustrate the isomorphic relation between the dick pic and other forms of affective exploitation that subtend capitalistic economies, including the libidinal economy of heterosexuality. I finally turn to a conclusion and speculate on the juridical future of the dick pic. As virtual sexuality becomes increasingly policed, I query whether the dick pic will be the subject of similar surveillance.”
Please email IRWGS Graduate Fellow Leah Werier (lw2547) for a copy of the draft. The paper will be available November 1st.
Please join us in celebrating the life and career of Elaine Combs-Schilling, 1949-2016.
A memorial service in Elaine's honor will be held on Friday, October 28, at St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University, from 1:00 - 2:30pm. A reception will follow at Deutsches Haus, 420 W. 116th Street, from 2:30 - 5:00pm.
Hosted by the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality at Columbia University.
[From the film website]: '"The Uncondemned" tells the gripping and world-changing story of a group of young international lawyers and activists who fought to make rape a crime of war, and the Rwandan women who came forward to testify and win justice where there had been none. Up until this point, rape had not been prosecuted as a war crime and was committed with impunity...."The Uncondemned" beautifully interweaves the stories of the characters in this odyssey, leading to the trial at an international criminal court--and the results that changed the world of criminal justice forever.'
The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law will host a panel discussion following the film, engaging lawyers who worked on the cases discussed in the film among others to discuss the issues that accompany the prosecution of rape a war crime and as an act of genocide.
This event is co-supported by the Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School Social Justice Initiatives, the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Rightslink, and If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. The event is free and open to the public.
If you require any disability accommodations to facilitate your visit, please let the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law know.
Please join us for a screening of Jackson The Film. This documentary looks at the last abortion clinic remaining in Mississippi, the crisis pregnancy center across the street, and the lives of three women navigating the issues around access to abortion. This intimate and unprecedented view into abortion access is a welcome addition to the conversation about reproductive justice.
The screening will be held at 6pm on Thursday, November 3rd in room 106 of Jerome Greene Hall, located at 435 West 116th St. (at Amsterdam Ave.). The screening will be preceded by a brief reception from 5:30-6 where refreshments will be served. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Carol Sanger, Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law.