Women After the Arab Awakening - Making Change

Join Vital Voices and The Brookings Institution for a panel discussion on    

Women After the Arab Awakening - Making Change
October 25, 2012

2:00pm - 3:30pm

The Brookings Institution
Saul / Zilkha Rooms

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036


Introduction: Alyse Nelson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Vital Voices Global Partnership 

Moderator: Tamara Cofman Wittes

 Senior Fellow and Director, Saban Center for Middle East Policy

The Brookings Institution


Lina Ali-Ahmed, Lebanese League for Women in Business, Lebanon
Marianne Ibrahim, Al Gisr Center for Development, Egypt
Randa Naffa, SADAQA, Jordan
Souad Slaoui, Isis Center, Morocco

Women played an integral role in the Arab uprisings, and the continued empowerment of women will be critical to the emergence of democracy in the region. Gender rights and women’s equality are among the most consequential and controversial issues facing newly elected governments across the Arab world. Some fear that the election of Islamist parties will turn back the clock on women’s rights, but others see more open politics as a new opportunity for efforts to achieve equality in the Arab world. How has the Arab awakening affected the women of the region? How are activists and politicians seeking progress for women in this uncertain and evolving landscape?

On October 25, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, with Vital Voices Global Partnership and the Project on Middle East Democracy, will host activists from Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan who, with the support of MEPI, conducted advocacy projects on women’s rights in a variety of ways: combating child marriage, working to repeal gender-discriminatory laws, promoting gender equality in the new Egyptian constitution, and protecting the rights of women workers. Brookings Senior Fellow Tamara Cofman Wittes, director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, will provide introductory remarks and moderate the discussion. After the program, the panelists will take audience questions.

To RSVP, please call the Brookings Office of Communications at 202.797.6105 or visit Brookings Events.

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