Women and Political Turmoil in the Middle East

California State University professor Dr. Sophia Pandya will be speaking about the impact upon women in the political chaos in Yemen, Bahrain, and Turkey, since the 2011 “Arab Spring” at Rochester College on Thursday, April 5, at 5:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Turkish American Society.

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Dr. Sophia Pandya

Women are particularly vulnerable during political conflict, especially in patriarchal societies. They witness violence, sexual abuse, displacement, poverty, unemployment, disruption of education, and mental illness. Nonetheless, many Middle Eastern women are engaged in public activism, transforming, family and social dynamics in highly patriarchal countries.

Sophia Pandya is the winner of the 2016 Advancement of Women Award at California State University at Long Beach from the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. She is a full professor in the Department of Religious Studies.

The meeting will take place in the Ennis & Nancy Ham building at Rochester College, 800 W. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48307., Room 112, which is downstairs west wing of the main building facing Avon Road. For more information please contact Dr. Keith Hueyat khuey@rc.edu.

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