The College of William & Mary is recognizing one woman for her outstanding efforts as an advocate for human rights and equality for women around the world.
The Wendy & Emery Reves Center for International Studies and the William & Mary Law School Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding have named Sara Khan as the Kraemer Middle East Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence for 2015.
The scholar-in-residence position offers scholars specializing in Islamic law and governance to spend a year at William & Mary and share their experiences in the field with the college community.
Khan comes to William & Mary from the United Kingdom, where she is the director of Inspire, a women’s human rights and counter-terrorism organization focusing on inequalities faced by British muslim women.
Khan has extensive experience in the field of Middle East policy and the global human rights movement. After the 2005 London bus bombings, she was named to the Home Office’s Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation Working Group.
She currently serves on the U.K. government’s Department for International Development’s External Expert Advisory Group on Girls and Women, which works to solve violence against women and girls and to end gender inequality.
Khan and Inspire started the Making A Stand campaign in September, which seeks to work against the Islamic State and other radical Islamic groups through grassroots efforts.
As the Kraemer Scholar-in-Residence, Khan will deliver two lectures next week at William & Mary. Her first lecture will be 3:30 p.m. March 3. at Alan B. Miller Hall, entitled, “Making a Stand: A Woman’s Jihad against Violence and Extremism.” The second lecture is scheduled for 12:50 p.m. March 4 at the law school, called “ISIS and Women’s Rights: The Key Battleground for Extremists.”
Both lectures are free and open to the public.
The Kraemer Scholar-in-Residence program was founded in 2009 through a gift from Carole A. and Richard C. Kraemer, members of the William & Mary class of 1965. Previous recipients include Haider Ala Hamoudi, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law who served as a legal counsel for the Iraqi government after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and Mishkat Al Moumin, former Minister of Environment of Iraq.