Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 09:30
New Five-Year Project to Study Gender Justice in Conflict-Affected Societies
The Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) announced today the start of a five-year, £896,000 research project with the London School of Economics (LSE). The project is part of the UK Research and Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to support interdisciplinary research hubs around the world working towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
CGDS’s Dr. Choman Hardi, a professor at AUIS, is a Co-Director of the Masculinities and Sexualities strand, one of six strands under LSE’s Gender, Justice, and Security Hub that will examine gender-related injustice and insecurity in communities around the world. As Co-Director, Dr. Hardi will coordinate research projects at six universities and other not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Hardi’s own research at AUIS, titled “Masculinity, Sexuality, and Violence,” will investigate transitional masculinity and violence prevention in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
“It is great to be on the verge of so much new research, knowledge, and creativity,” Dr. Hardi said. “Research about masculinity in this region is in its infancy. This project aims to investigate the mechanisms that construct an entitled and violent masculinity which victimises women, with the aim of positively transforming it.”
The new GCRF project is the latest initiative for CGDS, which was awarded a €900,000 grant by the European Union in October 2018 to fund a two-year project aimed at strengthening educational development in the field of gender studies in three countries (Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon) and community capacity building in gender awareness and advocacy. CGDS projects funded by other grants in the last two years include a partnership with Ball State University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program and a partnership with Internews focusing on Sexual-and Gender-Based Violence in the media. Initiated and founded in 2015 at AUIS by Dr. Hardi, in November 2017 the Center introduced an interdisciplinary gender studies minor at the University, the first of its kind in Iraq.