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Azra Rashid

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney

Azra Rashid is a filmmaker and postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Gender & Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research is focused on representations of gender in the existing discourses of nationalism and genocide.


Azra Rashid is a Montreal-based filmmaker and postdoctoral fellow in the department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. In addition to her book, "Gender, Nationalism and Genocide in Bangladesh: Naristhan/Ladyland," Dr. Rashid has presented at conferences and published on various issues concerning research methodology and representation of gender in the existing discourses of genocide. Dr. Rashid's ongoing research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, is focused on representation of the multiplicity of gendered experiences in the discourses of genocide in Cambodia. Her doctoral research investigates selective remembering of women’s experiences in the widely circulated images of the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh and offers a counter-narrative that emphasizes a gendered reading of that genocide. Dr. Rashid has over ten years of experience working as a filmmaker and journalist in NYC, Toronto, Edmonton, and Karachi. She has worked on numerous documentaries on social justice issues, including her own award-winning film, "Dishonour Defied," a documentary about rape and status of women in Pakistan. Dr. Rashid’s documentary on forced marriages, "Unveiling the Abuse," has been incorporated into the curriculum by the Toronto District School Board in Canada. Her recent film, "A Woman’s Story," funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, has been broadcast on the Documentary channel and has won numerous awards at national and international film festivals. "A Woman's Place" is Dr. Rashid's second film in a trilogy that seeks to document women's stories from genocide and it examines the politics of food and the efforts by women survivors of genocide to turn food into sources of power. In the past, Dr. Rashid has also worked in the NGO sector with Amnesty International, Alliance Against Modern Slavery, Ve’ahavta, and Women Won’t Forget.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Gender; Genocide; Trauma; Memory; Testimony; Archive; Film; Research-Creation


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Information, Communication & Society

Crossroads in new media, identity and law

Published: Nov 27, 2017 by Information, Communication & Society
Authors: Azra Rashid

Identity, as a process of articulation, forces not only creation and recognition of self but also of the ‘other’, both subject to their relative place in history.Since its inception mass media, with its one-to-many communication model, was to become an integral part of nationalist identity-building project. The advent of ICTs in the 21st century, with its many-to-many communication, the medium itself has been democratized.

II International Conference Gender and Communication: Conference Proceeding

Gender, nationalism and genocide

Published: Apr 01, 2014 by II International Conference Gender and Communication: Conference Proceeding
Authors: Azra Rashid

Currently, the feminist scholarship is divided on the relative importance of gender and ethnicity in the context of violence endured by women in genocide. Instead of treating “women” as a unified category and transcending history, space and boundaries, there is a need for detranscendentalization within the feminist discourse on representation of women’s experiences in genocide.

Canadian Journal of Communication

Gender and Genocide: A Research-Creation Project

Published: Jan 12, 2014 by Canadian Journal of Communication
Authors: Azra Rashid

Nationalism, rooted in the word nation, binds individuals to an imaginary home- land by virtue of shared characteristics, ethnicity, and landscape. Feminist scholarship has demonstrated that nationalism is gendered, crafted to serve masculine privilege. Genocide occurs when nationalism, itself a product of imagination, creates imaginary subjects, who fight over imaginary homelands, and the site of violence becomes women’s bodies.

Revue africaine de communication: Médias, conflits et droits humains

Reconstruction of Identity in Post-Genocide Rwanda

Published: Jan 01, 2014 by Revue africaine de communication: Médias, conflits et droits humains
Authors: Azra Rashid

Identity is positional and strategic; it is constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed depending on the conditions and scenarios facing an individual or group. This paper, through the use of a case study, argues that if identities are constructed in relation to the "other", then they can also be deconstructed as a result of crimes of mass atrocity such as genocide, and then reconstructed in a post-genocide scenario.


Dishonour Defied

Published: Dec 12, 2007

"Dishonour Defied" is a feature length documentary film on rape and status of women in Pakistan, focusing on the story of Mukhtar Mai who was gang raped in a remote village in Pakistan on the orders of a tribal council. Unlike many women before her Mukhtar Mai decided to confront her assailants. Dishonour Defied is the story of how Mukhtar Mai made a life with courage after the tragedy that befell her.

Unveiling the Abuse

Published: Dec 12, 2010

Unveiling the Abuse is a documentary about forced marriages in Canada and whether Canada's multicultural policies render women vulnerable to abuse at the hands of family in the name of culture and tradition. The documentary tells the story of Sandeep Chand, a Canadian woman of South Asian descent, who was forced into marriage twice by her family under the guise of the age-old tradition of "arranged marriage."

A Woman's Story

Published: Dec 12, 2015

A Woman’s Story is a documentary film that challenges the silencing of women’s pain and trauma in the mainstream discourses on genocide and offers an intimate portrait of three survivors – from the Holocaust, the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh, and the Rwandan genocide of 1994 – through their stories of survival and resilience.

A Woman's Place

Published: Oct 30, 2018

Food empowers individuals. “Food crisis,” heightened during times of war and genocide, is an inevitable result of colonization, militarization & corruption. In communities ravaged by death and destruction, women learn new skills to survive, including how to start and run their own businesses. Food for these women has become a statement of resistance as they turn the meaning of domestic space on its head and re-claim the space that was traditionally assigned to them without a choice.