Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Women's HERStory Month Event at USFSP featuring UKIM Professor Karolina Ristova-Aasterud
We look forward to welcoming Professor Karolina Ristova-Aasterud from UKIM (Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje) to be our keynote speaker at our Women's HERStory Month Event:
Defending Women's Reproductive Rights and Freedoms: The Curious Case of the Macedonian Abortion Law of 2013
This event will take place in conjunction with my Women and the Law class, and my students will be presenting research posters exploring various topics related to reproductive freedom.
Thursday, March 22 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Davis 130, USF St. Petersburg.
More about Professor Karolina Ristova-Aaserud:
Prof Dr.Karolina Ristova-Aasterud is an Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at the Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus ", University Ss.Cyril and Methodius, in Skopje, Macedonia, former Member of the City Council of Skopje (2000-2002) and former Member of Parliament (2002-2006). Both in academic and political capacity, she is very much engaged on the issues of women’s rights and gender equality, very prominently on the issues of introducing gender quotas in her party ( in the early 1990s) and in the electoral laws ( in the mid 2000s), as well as on defending women’s reproductive rights and freedoms. In 2013, she was the main challenger of the newly introduced Law on Termination of Pregnancy before the Macedonia’s Constitutional Court. As a student and prominent young political activist in the early 1990s, she is one the first, if not the first, who publicly, in media interviews, declared herself as feminist, something as a taboo label at the time in Macedonia. Academically, her teaching and research interests are also very much dedicated to women’s rights, feminist legal and political theories, as well as in European legal/political theory in general . Among other published works, she is the author of the first ever published book on the feminist political theories in the Macedonian language (2009), very influential in raising the feminist perspective in the discourse in the academic, political and civic circles in the country.
We met at the European Conference on Politics and Gender in Lausanne in June 2017: