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The interplay between grassroots local women’s organisations, humanitarian work and its impact in social and legal reform on sex work/prostitution and trafficking in Italy is a topic requiring further study in Jewish history. This intervention looks at the relevance and impact of Jewish families’ ties, women’s legislative involvements and feminist transnational networks between Milan and Trieste across three decades to unveil similarities and differences in ideas of social justice for women, antisemitism, and processes of Jewish national identity making.

Paola Zichi is an AHRC-funded postdoctoral researcher in the School of History at QMUL. She completed her doctorate in Gender Studies at SOAS on feminist movements and international law in Mandate Palestine, after graduating magna cum laude in Law at the University of Trento. Her research interests and expertise fall within the broader field of gender and international law, feminist approaches to international law, international legal history and history of women’s international law and global governance. Her PhD project won the Helen Reece Prize established by the Modern Law Review for the best PhD project in feminist legal studies.

All are welcome – this is a free event, but booking is required.