Freedom from Torture - 'Women, War and Suffrage'

'Women, War and Suffrage'

Booking group
3 March, 2018 - 14:00 to 16:00
The Friends Meeting House, St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW

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As part of Oxford International Women’s Festival celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage in the UK, the Oxford Supporters Group of Freedom from Torture is presenting a seminar looking at the contribution women made to WW1, and how conflict can sometimes lead to an expansion of women’s political participation, and impact on the political environment.

Dr Vivien Newman is a well-known historian who has researched and written extensively about the history of women’s suffrage and their role in WWI. Vivien will lead the seminar with a review of women’s poetry of the First World War, uncovering a treasure trove of long-forgotten women’s poems which widen our knowledge of women’s wartime lives, their concerns, and their contributions to the war effort and subsequent victory.

Bringing the discussion forward to look at how women’s participation in politics has increased across the globe through the 20th Century, Alice Musabende, a Rwandan Gates Scholar and Researcher at Cambridge University, will describe the experience of women’s political empowerment following the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Rwanda is the first (and still the only) country whose Parliament comprises more women than men. Alice was 14 years old when her family were killed in the genocide; she went on to study and work as a journalist in Canada for many years, before deciding to return to study. Currently she is researching the dynamics of peace building on post-conflict countries and societies.

Admission free but donations in aid of Freedom from Torture appreciated.

For more information, please contact Ann Gibson (Tel 01993-700162; or Diana Hedges, (Tel 01865-552550;