Justice, Inequality and Gender based violence: Seeking Justice through Sharia Councils in the UK

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Wednesday 6 December
Room 5, Main Building, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

The Institute for Theological Partnerships is delighted to host Dr Nadia Aghtaie, a Lecturer in Gender Based Violence at the University of Bristol. Dr Aghtaie will deliver a lecture to link in with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Researchers at the Universities of Bristol, UWE and Cardiff in the UK are currently working on a 30 month Economic and Social Research Council-funded project to explore how 'justice' (in its wider sense) is understood, sought, and experienced by victims/survivors of gender-based violence and by practitioners working to support them. Through semi-structured interviews and police data analysis, this work is also documenting how inequalities and identities intersect with how victims/survivors perceive and seek justice. This talk presents the findings from one strand of this work: how justice is mediated through religious based arbitration and how faith may influence personal and institutional conceptions of justice and affect decision-making.

The presentation focuses specifically on the role of Sharia Councils in arbitrating cases of intimate partner violence and present the findings of interviews with both victims/survivors who have used this mechanism and with practitioners involved in their leadership and administration as well as women’s rights activists.

This event is part of the Institute for Theological Partnerships. For more information about the Institute, click here

To book, email: Brenda.Sharp@winchester.ac.uk

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