Roundtable ”Women's Day Demonstrations in Almaty: A Roundtable by Organizers of March 8th Events”

The event will be held on Zoom

In Almaty this year was the first time a Women's March was officially approved for March 8th in Kazakhstan.  It included a large crowd of participants calling for stronger laws and protections from domestic and other violence against women, as well as calls for increased attention to LGBTQ rights. Zhanar Sekerbayeva was one of the main organizers of this year's demonstrations. Gulzada Serzhan has been a founder of women's organizations and leader of March 8th demonstrations in previous years in Almaty, when they were not authorized, but also attracted extensive attention and participation. Both will be speaking about their experiences organizing these events, and the responses from participants, onlookers, and officials. 

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Gulzada Serzhan is a co-founder of Kazakhstan Feminist Initiative "Feminita", feminist, woman human rights defender. She graduated from Kazakh State University with a specialty in Applied Mathematics. Gulzada has a Master’s Degree in Economics Theory from New Economic School in Moscow, Russia. In 2013, she was a Visiting Scholar at Haas School of Business in University of California, USA. Gulzada attended a one year course at New Generation of Human Rights Defenders School in 2015-2016.

Zhanar Sekerbayeva is the co-founder of the Kazakhstan Feminist Initiative. She is a feminist, powerlifter and poet. In her works she aims to expand the concept of gender in public discourse through activism and by mainstreaming questions of gender identity in academia, and highlighting the significance of the Central Asian region. Zhanar graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Gumilev Eurasian National University in 2005, and from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2009. In 2014 she attended the European Humanities University (Lithuania) MA program in Sociology with focus on gender and culture, and completed her PhD at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. Her doctoral dissertation focused on processes of regulating identities and "normalizing” trans people in Kazakhstan. She investigated how gatekeeping practices shape gender identities of trans individuals as they seek legal recognition.