Dr. Aisha Ibrahim (University of Sierra Leone) speaks at LSE Gender Studies: 30 Years and Beyond on Humanitarianism, Peace and Security.

Dr. Aisha Ibrahim (University of Sierra Leone) speaks at LSE Gender Studies: 30 Years and Beyond on Humanitarianism, Peace and Security.

Given its global stature and recognition, it is hard to believe that it was only 30 years ago that the Gender Institute, now known as the Department of Gender Studies, was born. In 1993-94, the interdisciplinary institute was set up at LSE to respond to the urgent need to research, teach and apply knowledge of the structures, formations and changes in gender relations around the globe; after all, gender is a key social structuring block of cultural, economic and political life. The early 1990s were led by a growing realisation among LSE’s leading scholars that the world’s only university devoted exclusively to the study of the social sciences could not afford to ignore gender relations. Thus, the Gender Institute came into being as a result of the strong intellectual commitments of many renowned feminist, gender and interdisciplinary scholars across the School.

Aisha Fofana Ibrahim is a feminist scholar and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion advocate based at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone (USL), and serving as Dean for the faculty of Arts. She is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Gender Research and Documentation (INGRADOC), USL. As an academic and practitioner, Dr. Fofana Ibrahim straddles the divide between policy and practice, both teaching about gender and marginality to graduate and undergraduate students as well as promoting women’s empowerment and disability issues in practice. Her current academic research focus is on gender and artisanal mining, women’s access to justice, and women and disability but has also worked and published on women’s political participation, women in war, and peacebuilding.

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