“Jin, Jiyan, Azadi!” (Woman, Life, Freedom) as the conference has been called will be opened by speeches by Fatma Kasan (DÖKH Democratic Freewomen’s Movement activist), Aysel Tugluk (DTK Democratic Society Congress Co-Chair), Gültan Kisanak (BDP Peace and Democracy Party Co-Chair) and Leila Khaled (PFLP Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine politburo member).
Different panels will be take place in the three days of the conference. Among these:
The Social History of Women and the Construction of Gender Discrimination in the Middle East (moderators: Sabahat Tuncel (BDP Istanbul MP, HDK People’s Democratic Congress spokeswoman, DÖKH activist) and Yüksel Mutlu (BDP Vice Co-Chair, DÖKH activist). Presentations in this panel will be given by Emine Özmen (DÖKH activist, Kurdistan/Turkey), Filiz Karakus (Socialist Feminist Collective activist, Turkey), Malalai Joya (Independent, Afghanistan), Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi (Academician, Palestine), Rabab El-Mahdi (Academician, Egypt) and Shahla Ezazi (Academician, Iran).
On Saturday morning there will be a panel called “The Women’s Movements Experience in the Middle East and its Role in Recent Political Changes”. Moderators: Pelin Yilmaz (BDP Women’s Council spokesperson, DÖKH activist) and Songül Morsümbül (DTK Women’s Assembly spokeswoman, DÖKH activist). Speeches by Ahlem Belhadj (Tunusia), Ala Kamal Ali (Iraq), Amal Wahdan (Palestine), Amneh Alfalah (Jordan), Enas Aldrsey (Libya), Evelyne Accad (Lebanon), Ewar Ibrahim Husen (Kurdistan/Iraq), Fatima Abdulla Abu Idrees (Bahrein), Fatma Bostan Unsal (Turkey).
More speeches will be delivered by Gul Kiziltas (Kurdistan/Turkey), Hanan Younes (Jordan), Haneen Zoabi (Palestine), Huda Kaya (Turkey), Houzan Mahmoud (Iraq), Ilknur Birol (Turkey), Jinda Yurttas (Kurdistan/Turkey), Jiyan Yasin Rahman (Kurdistan/Iraq), Kayus Çalikman Gavrilof (Turkey). And in the afterrnoon speeches by Khitam Alsaafin (Palestine), Lena Meari (Palestine), Najat Dau (Libya), Negin Sheikholeslami (Iran), Nour Elhoda Zaki Khdr (Egypt), Oya Ersoy (Turkey), Pervin Aslan (Kurdistan/Iraq), Rachida Ider (Kabilia/Algeria), Ramzia Abbas Aleryani (Yemen), Ranjana Kumari (India), Rawda Odeh (Palestine), Sahar Talaat (Egypt), Salma Said (Egypt), Salwa Guiga (Tunusia), Samira Ibrahim (Egypt), Samiran Ishak (Assyrian), Sara Abu Ghazal (Lebanon), Sarah Najam Husain (Pakistan), Sema Barbaros (Turkey), Shadi Amin (Iran), Shahenda Maklad (Egypt), Shahnaz Iqbal (Pakistan), Shiler Amini (Iran), Soraya Fallah (Iran), Sussan Tahmasebi (Iran), Viyan Suleman (Kurdistan/Iraq), Yüksel Avsar (Kurdistan/Turkey).
On Sunday the last pane will discuss “Common Problems Faced by Women’s Movement Struggles in the Middle East and Possible Solutions”. Moderators: Ceylan Bagriyanik (DÖKH activist) and Yurdusev Özsökmenler (HDK Women’s Assembly, DÖKH activist). Speeches by Leila Khaled (Palestine), Emine Zikri (Kurdistan/Iraq), Farah Barqawi (Egypt), Karima Ali Hefnawy (Egypt), Minoo Moallem (Iran), Nukhet Sirman (Turkey).