This piece contains mentions of sexual violence.
Sohaila Abdulali is the woman changing the way we talk about rape. In 1980, when she was 17 years old, Sohaila was gang raped in Bombay when going on a walk with a friend. Three years after the attack she wrote an article for Indian women’s magazine Manushi titled “I fought for my life… and won.”
30 years on, her article went viral, being shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter as a response to the rape and murder in Delhi that galvanised India into protest. Sohaila’s new book What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape addresses the issues of rape on many levels, from international policy to bedroom dynamics.
At All About Women this year Sohaila will talk about her personal experience, her research and her professional experience at Boston’s rape crisis centre. Hear this self proclaimed “brown bisexual middle-aged atheist Muslim survivor immigrant writer without a Shame Gene” discuss why it’s important to have conversations about rape and why how we have these conversations matter.
Sohaila will be speaking in the Utzon Room for her solo talk 'When we talk about rape' and in the Concert Hall as part of the 'Me Too: Year Two' panel.