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Intersections with Homa Hoodfar

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November 14, 6:30pm


Women’s Sport as Politics with Homa Hoodfar

November 14, 6:30-9pm

Douglas College Intersections proudly presents a dialogue about women’s sport as politics with Homa Hoodfar, Jeanette Ashe and Adelia Paul.

When sport becomes a game of politics, instead of just a game.

“Sport is a social institution and reflects the values and injustices of a given society… in all societies women’s access to sport has been limited often on the grounds of modesty, if not religions and even science. If you look at the history and struggles of European and North American women to gain access to sport and Olympic participation, you will see that sport is much more embroiled in sexual politics that we would like to believe.” – Homa Hoodfar, Women’s Sport as Politics in Muslim Contexts

Gender remains a key dividing factor in terms of people’s access and capacity to engage in sport within public spaces. These issues extend to the political stage where we continue to see a vast disproportion in representation between men and women.

About the speakers

HOMA HOODFAR is a professor of anthropology at Concordia University, and an expert on legal and political anthropology. She has done extensive research on development, culture and gender in the Middle East, with a particular focus on the form, meaning and historical use of the hijab, and how Islam has affected women’s status in the public sphere. Hoodfar has been actively involved in the Women Living Under Muslim Laws network since the 1980s. She is most well known to the public as the Canadian who was arrested in Iran for “dabbling in feminism” while on a personal and research visit last year.

JEANETTE ASHE is the Chair of the Political Science department at Douglas College and a participant in the international project Gender Equality Policy in Practice. Her research interests include political recruitment, parties and representation, and gender and politics.

ADELIA PAUL is a member of the Haisla Nation and a Bachelor’s of Nursing student at Douglas College. She played on the Douglas College Varsity Women’s Basketball Team for five years and is now an Assistant Coach for the team.

Event details

The talk will be held from 6:30 – 8:30pm, followed by a reception until 9pm. For FREE tickets, please contact the Evergreen Cultural Centre box office.

Funding for this event is provided by Douglas College and the Douglas Students’ Union.

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