Webinar: Grassroots Struggles against Domestic Violence in Uzbekistan

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Webinar: Grassroots Struggles against Domestic Violence in Uzbekistan


Date: March 7, 2022

Time: 10 am – 11:15 am ET, 8 pm – 9:15 pm Tashkent

The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs invites you to a webinar on domestic violence in Uzbekistan.

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Uzbekistan’s first law targeting violence against women (2019) appeared against the backdrop of decades of understudied resistance and struggle on the part of non-state actors, such as activists, survivors and volunteer organizers. This webinar draws on fieldwork, interviews and content analysis to offer examples of these continuing grassroots struggles. The speakers will situate, discuss and analyze three prevalent strategies of ‘exit’ and ‘voice’ – protest in the act of self-immolation, seeking out shelter and participation in consciousness-raising – that are variously employed by women in contemporary Uzbekistan to combat their experiences with domestic and gender violence. They frame these cases in the context of the past politicization(s) of women’s bodies and read them as portals to two examples of collective self-organizing in Samarkand, Uzbekistan – an old grassroots women’s shelter and a new digital “counter-public” – calling attention to the complicated role played by privileged actors that shield such parallel and collectivized initiatives from encroachments by the state.


Sara Hassani is a Ph.D. Candidate and ACLS-Mellon Fellow in Politics at the New School for Social Research. Hassani’s research examines the steep and gendered rates of self-immolation plaguing the domestic sphere in the Persian belt countries of Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and eastern Uzbekistan, and mounts a conceptual challenge to common distinctions between self-destructive acts of protest and suicide in the study of politics. She holds an M.Phil in Politics from the New School for Social Research, as well as an MA in Political Studies and BA in Political Science and Arabic from the University of Ottawa.

Tanzilya Oren is a social worker, educator, and activist. She is a graduate of Columbia University and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in social work at Fordham University. For a decade she has worked in her native Samarkand to develop the first domestic violence shelter and to nurture the local civil society. Her current work and research focus on transformative community organizing, civil society and migration.

Irina Matvienko is a journalist, activist and feminist from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She is a founder of the NeMolchi.Uz project against violence in Uzbekistan. In July 2017 she created a Facebook page NeMolchi to shed light on the taboo topic of violence against women. The project collects and posts anonymous stories from victims and survivors of violence across Uzbekistan. The project resonated with women and grew to attract lager audience. NeMolchi.Uz team also educates the public and women on issues of violence, global feminism and problems with protection and justice for women. Irina believes that women’s rights in Uzbekistan are not protected enough, and she calls for all countries to unite against all forms of violence and gender stereotypes, to address the root causes of violence and promote women’s and children’s rights.


March 7
10:00 am - 11:15 am
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