Discipline of Gender and Women’s Studies; International Women's Day 2024 Event

Feb 23 2024 Posted: 08:39 GMT

Áine Treanor

In 2022, Áine spent three months in the West Bank as a Human Rights monitor.  During her time there, she witnessed housing demolitions, extreme military control and an apartheid system facing Palestinians living under military occupation. In her testimony, Áine tells the story of a rural community threatened with the expansion of an illegal Israeli settlement, the violence and harassment they face by both settlers and Israeli soldiers, and the women shepherds who are fighting for their livelihoods and their right to exist. 


Zeina Alazzeh

Zeina Alazzeh is a Palestinian first-year Ph.D. researcher at the University of Galway, specializing in EU relations with Palestine. Zeina's academic journey in Ireland began with a Master's degree in International Public Policy and Diplomacy at the University College of Cork, where she developed a keen understanding of international relations. She currently works as a Communication and Policy Officer at the Mission State of Palestine in Dublin. Before her current role, Zeina worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant at Birzeit University in Palestine, where she contributed to the academic and intellectual development of Palestinian students.   Her commitment to her work is rooted in her personal experiences as a woman, having been raised in the West Bank and bearing witness to the challenges faced under occupation.  Checkpoints, daily raids, demolition, and continuous harassment of Israeli soldiers to her people and loved ones have shaped her passion for promoting peace and justice.