Woman as Subject

Historically, many gender-based forms of perception shaped social structures, and these in turn determined the social positions, opportunities and capacities of women. These forms of perception that are shaped as expectations and value judgements have at times created concrete grievances in the lives of women and at other times shaped language, time, space and the division of labor, pushing women to certain realms in social life. In the global context, forms of dominion that are shaped by certain power structures and information systems have been othering, marginalizing and objectifying women for their own benefit. On the other hand, women have developed various tactics to survive and to create fair living conditions. In some cases, they were able to develop organizational awareness and fight together against injustice. How should a fair social structure look like? How can women, as subjects of civil society, be empowered? What challenges await the women’s rights movement in the future? Does this movement, questioning the male-dominant structure of public spaces, have the potential for re-conceptualizing civil society?


Dr. Nursem Keskin Aksay

Board Member of KADEM 

Assoc. Prof. Merve Safa Kavakcı

Ambassador, Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Fatima Gailani

Afghan Peace Negotiator and Women’s Rights Activist

Dr. Tesnim Khriji Chirchi  

Lecturer, Ibn Haldun University & Executive Director, Jasmine Foundation for Research

Dr. Sharifa Noaman Al-Emadi

Executive Director, Doha International Family Institute