Queer Activism, Intersectional Feminism and National Struggles in Palestine

22 April 2021. From 18:30 | Webinar | English | Online
slideshow image Children take part in an annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Aswat (Palestinian Feminist Center for Gender and Sexual Freedom) collective was born in Palestine in 2003 with the aim of advancing the rights of women and LGBTQI persons and creating open and safe spaces for the discussion of sexuality and social change in Palestinian society. Ghadir Shafie, director of Aswat, presents the intersectionality that unites the feminist, queer and liberation movements of Palestine in a struggle for justice and freedom. According to Shafie, queer Palestinian women must fight against a triple oppression: as Palestinians, as women, and as members of the LGBTQ collective. In this vein, Shafie identifies them at the centre of three causes: the feminist, the queer, and the national and anti-colonial Palestinian liberation struggle. Through her work and activism, Shafie strives to make this intersection visible and unify the feminist, queer, and Palestine liberation movements in a struggle for justice and freedom for the Palestinian people.

Lecture, introduced by Èlia Romo-Terol, researcher and co-director of the master (UB) that co-organises the session, the Master’s in Arab and Islamic World (UB).


Èlia Romo-Terol

Èlia Romo-Terol

Researcher Universitat de Barcelona

Ghadir Shafi

Director ASWAT