Gender Equality and 'honour'-based violence in the Sikh community

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Woman's eyes

Wednesday 20 March

6pm for 6.30pm

Room 9, West Downs Quarter, University of Winchester, Romsey Road, Hampshire SO22 5HT

Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies (University of Birmingham)

Dr Jhutti-Johal studied in the Department of Anthropology and History at University College London where she completed her undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Social Anthropology.  She then went to Oxford University where she completed her DPhil in Social Anthropology entitled A study of changes in marriage practices among the Sikhs of Britain. Before going to Birmingham in 2002, she was working at the University of Oxford as a Research Assistant on a project commissioned by the Department of Constitutional Affairs (now Ministry of Justice) looking at public law proceedings concerned with the care and protection of children focusing, in particular, on race and ethnicity in the Family Justice System. A key area of research is Gender Studies and Sikhism focusing on gender inequality and issues such as female feoticide and domestic violence.

How and why has this form of violence become so pervasive and what factors contribute to violence against women? In an attempt to answer this question, The Institute for Theological Partnerships (ITP) would like to focus more intently on the role of religion. The major religious traditions are all theological systems which many people believe have been instrumental in the process of gender control, to the detriment of women. ITP would like to open up a conversation about the role of religion in gender violence with the aim of raising awareness but in also providing some hope for a future free from violence against women.

For further information please contact Brenda.Sharp@winchester.ac.uk

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