Second Wave Feminist & Notable Author Phyllis Chesler Joins WLF2021 Roster of Speakers

The Fireside Chat session focuses on her book An American Bride in Kabul.
Second Wave Feminist & Notable Author Phyllis Chesler Joins WLF2021 Roster of Speakers

Unveiling the first of its kind event across the Middle East, Africa and the Sub-continent regions, Ananke’s Women in Literature Festival 2021 features some of the most noteworthy names in the literary world. Distinguished author and feminist psychologist, Phyllis Chesler will be featured on day one of the festival.

Second Wave Feminist & Notable Author Phyllis Chesler Joins WLF2021 Roster of Speakers

Gloria Steinem and Phyllis Chesler meet in Gloria’s office, Fall 1972

Appearing as fireside chat guest on day one of the festival – March 30th, 2021; Phyllis Chesler is an American writer, psychotherapist, and professor emerita of psychology and women’s studies at the College of Staten Island (CUNY). She is known as a feminist psychologist, and is the author of 19 books, including the best-seller Women and Madness (1972), With Child: A Story of Motherhood (1979) and An American Bride in Kabul: A Memoir (2013). Chesler has written on topics such as gender, mental illness, divorce and child custody, surrogacy, second-wave feminism, violence against women and more. Her most recent work Requiem for a Serial Killer was published in November 2020.

Talking about her participation, Phyllis said: “I am excited, honored to be among so many accomplished women whose work and lives span at least four continents. I will be reading and talking about An American Bride in Kabul, a book I wrote about my very posh captivity, long ago, in Afghanistan—a first romance, an early marriage, a dangerous adventure, an education to treasure. I will be talking with grassroots activist Mandy Sanghera about women’s rights—and wrongs.Look at us! We come from Dubai, Lahore, Gurgaon, Pakistan, India, the UK, Spain, New York, etc. and we are novelists, editors, bloggers, TV producers, academics, actresses, journalists, human rights activists, and feminists.”

Moderating the session, is Ananke’s longtime ally and supporter, eminent human rights advocate Mandy Sanghera. Mandy is an award winning philanthropist, a community consultant and global campaigner. With over three  decades of experience, Mandy  is an expert in various development related fields. She has been driving innovation, building strategic partnerships, promoting advocacy and programming in the areas of human rights, gender equality, accountability and social justice globally.

Second Wave Feminist & Notable Author Phyllis Chesler Joins WLF2021 Roster of Speakers

Mandy Sanghera

“During this pandemic, we have been able to go to another world by reading books and it has helped us with our well-being and happiness, motivating and inspiring us. It is great to be supporting Ananke’s Women in Literature Festival, upcoming talent and also people who have been writing books for decades. It is a great space for people to be celebrated. I am really looking forward seeing to what everyone else is bringing to this festival. I am really a big admirer of Phyllis’s work and she has been a leading voice in the feminist movement. We have to pay her homage so I am excited and really looking forward to interviewing her,” said Mandy Sanghera about her participation.

The Women in Literature Festival 2021 is a celebration of the literary genius, creative journeys and lived artistic experiences of the female gender. Marking Women’s History Month and Women’s Day, the 3-day event will take place on (March 30-April 1) to also observe World Book and Copyright Day.

Confirmed speakers also include notable names such Resident Director Aurat Foundation Pakistan Mahnaz Rehman, inspirational academicians writers and award winning authors: Leonora Miano, Baela Raza Jamil, Angela Joy, Naima Rashid, Dr. Amina Yaqin, Faiqa Mansab, Aekta Kapoor, Radhika Tabrez, Piyusha Vir, Karen Osman, Mehr F Husain, Anchal Malhotra, Deepti Menon, Laaleen Sukhera, Nida Usman Chaudhary, Anupama Jain, Lakshana Palat, Mini Shivakumar Menon, Saba Karim Khan, Rashin Choudhry, Dina BenBrahim, Maha Tazi, Ana Serrano Telleria, Amrita Mukherjee, Sutapa Basu, Sana Munir, Kirthi Jayaumar, Mandy Sanghera, and many more.

Partnering with leading authors, literary & feminist entities and publishers including Zuka Books, Readomania, Seagull Books, Zubaan Books, the Gender Security Project, Authors Alliance, Ananke hopes to set a new standard in literary festivals where there is greater visibility of female literati as well as diversified conversation on inclusion.

 Schedule: In Conversation With Phyllis Chesler

March 30th, 2021 | Fireside Chat 9.00 PM – 9.30 PM GST

1.00 PM – 1.30 PM EST

In Conversation with Phyllis Chesler | Moderated by Mandy Sanghera  

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