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From Palestine to Kashmir: life under military occupation

Hawara checkpoint, in the occupied West Bank, Palestine. Image credit: Magne Hagesæter/Wikimedia

Date: Friday 6 March 2020

Time: 18:45 doors open. 19:00 start. Ending at 20:30

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP

On the approach of International Women’s Day, we are joined by four women - two from Palestine and two from Kashmir - who will share their personal stories of living life under occupation.

Despite very different geographic, demographic, ethnic and faith compositions, the highly discriminatory policies of repression implemented by the Israeli and BJP governments have led to shared experiences of Palestinians and Kashmiris. Curfews, arbitrary detention, media blackouts and other egregious human rights violations continue in Palestine and in Kashmir. The cumulative effects of these, and the systemic and systematic matrix of control affecting daily life under military occupation are strikingly similar for both peoples.

Join us for an important discussion with women living thousands of miles apart who will reveal the similarities affecting in their lives. This event is convened by the City Circle in association with Facilitate Global. We gratefully acknowledge that the visit of the Palestinian women is facilitated by Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association (CADFA).


Soraya Boyd is an educational consultant, CEO and Founder of Facilitate Global - a London-based human rights NGO promoting one rule of law. She has worked with many NGOs such as the London Institute of South Asia, the International Commission for Human Rights UK, the International Muslim Women's Union, the World Muslim Congress, the Kashmir International Relations Institute and the South Asia Centre For Peace And Human Rights UK. She has presented papers on the right to self-determination, extra judicial execution, arbitrary detention, impunity, the role of the media, Muslim Christian relations, health and mental health under military occupation in conferences, seminars and roundtables including UNHRC sessions in Geneva. For many years, she acted in an emissary capacity to promote the message of peace and coexistence of His Grace Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal, former Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem.

Additional details

Free entrance. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser