Date(s) - 08/03/2023
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


MEAD Cardiff University Research group invites you to an online International Women’s Day Celebration on Wed, 8 March 2023, 13:00 – 14:30 GMT, part of the Migration Ethnicity and Diversity (MEAD) research group seminar series at Cardiff University and in collaboration with the University of Birmingham.

Women’s empowerment is a contested term, and one which people of different religious backgrounds can understand and experience in very different ways.

In this event, a diverse panel of women will reflect on their interpretations of women’s empowerment through the lens of faith, religion and spirituality, and discuss how it might be achieved.

The event will be hosted by Dr Asma Khan (Cardiff University) and Dr Sandra Pertek (University of Birmingham). The panellists are:

  • Dr Shabana Mir is Associate Professor of Anthropology at American Islamic College, Chicago, where she teaches Islamic Studies, Gender Studies, and Anthropology. Shabana is the author of the award-winning book Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity (University of North Carolina Press, 2014). Shabana has worked in the United States, the U.K. and Pakistan.
  • Kristonia Lockhart is Lead Gender Specialist at the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). She has over 15 years working experience in various positions in diverse NGOs and with multilateral development banks on issues related to civil society engagement, and gender and development. She holds a MSc in International Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
  • Dr Wendy Stickle is a Principal Lecturer and Director of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. She is the first author of Human Trafficking: A Comprehensive Exploration of Modern Day Slavery. She teaches courses in research methods, criminological theory, and human trafficking. She is considered an expert on human trafficking and running Parent Teacher Associations.
  • Revd Canon Dr Joanna Collicutt is Supernumerary Fellow (Psychology of Religion) at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. Joanna worked for many years as an NHS clinical psychologist before training as an Anglican priest. She then moved into the area of psychology of religion, and now teaches and researches this subject at Oxford University. She is also on the ministry team of a rural Oxfordshire parish. She has written several books including ‘Jesus and the Gospel Women’ (SPCK, 2009).


To attend this online event, please register here.