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Douglass to Launch Partnership with the Center for Women's Global Leadership with Lecture by Dr. Hasnaa Mokhtar

On Monday, April 11, 2022, Douglass Residential College at Rutgers–New Brunswick will mark the launch of its new, innovative partnership with The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) through a lecture by Dr. Hasnaa Mokhtar. In "Narrative Power and the Invisible Trauma of Gender-Based Violence," Dr. Mokhtar will engage students in one of the most pressing problems women face globally

Dr. Mokhtar Hasnaa Mokhtar is starting her tenure as the Director of the Global Village Living-Learning Community at Douglass this spring. Prior to this position, Dr. Mokhtar was the Postdoctoral Associate at Rutgers University’s Center for Women’s Global Leadership. She holds a Ph.D. from Clark University and her dissertation is focused on narrative power and the invisible trauma of gendered violence in Kuwait. She is a scholar, researcher, and activist, with expertise in the Arabian Gulf, focusing on narratives of Muslim survivors of gender-based violence.

The College’s partnership with CWGL allows Douglass students to intern with CWGL’s Global 16 Days Campaign to raise awareness of gender-based violence. Now in its 31st year, the campaign is focusing on “Domestic Violence and the World of Work.” Students will help plan events, participate in a social media internship and have research opportunities with CWGL staff.  The partnership also will develop a course for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and offer other research opportunities to students. Earlier this month, students traveled to the Apollo Theatre in New York City to attend the opening Consultation Day for the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (CSW). The students visited various panels, listening and engaging with professionals at the conference. The priority theme for this year is achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change. 

This programming will be integrated into existing global initiatives at Douglass, particularly the Global Village Program. You can learn more about the partnership here.