Women's Learning Partnership in partnership with Cultural Conversations program of the Foreign Policy Institute at
the School of Advanced International Studies invites you to attend
Beyond Revolution: The Future of Women's Rights and Democracy in the Middle East-North Africa
4:15 PM – 7:00 PM, Tuesday, October 22th, 2013
at Johns Hopkins University's Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C.
Seats are limited | Register Here
Refreshments will be provided.
**IF YOU CANNOT JOIN US October 22, CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE LIVESTREAM**
The mass movements for change that swept the Middle East-North Africa region (MENA) in 2011 gave vast populations hope for a better future. Yet, the transitional period has been marked by marginalization of women and minorities, divisiveness, economic decline and violence. Can citizens in MENA reset and reinvigorate these transitions?
On October 23 WLP and Cultural Conversations program of the Foreign Policy Institute at SAIS are convening leading activists, officials, and scholars from the region to discuss the changes that have occurred since the start of the “Arab Spring” and the current dynamics and opportunities that will shape the region's future. The event will begin with a screening of WLP's new documentary, Because Our Cause Is Just, on the backlash against women's rights post-Arab Spring, followed by a panel discussion and conversation with the audience.
4:15pm Refreshments served
4:30pm Introductory remarks
Azar Nafisi (Iran/USA) - Executive Director, Cultural Conversations, Foreign Policy Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
4:35pm Film Screening: Because Our Cause Is Just
5:10pm Panel Discussion
Introduction: Mahnaz Akhami (Iran/USA) - President & Founder, Women's Learning Partnership, Former Minister for Women's Affairs, Iran
Chair: Thoraya Obaid (Saudi Arabia) - Member of the Shura Council of Saudi Arabia, Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund
Lina Abou Habib (Lebanon) - Executive Director, Collective for Research & Training on Development-Action
Yakin Ertürk (Turkey) - Professor of Sociology, Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women
Asma Khader (Jordan) - UN Special Investigator for Human Rights Abuses in Libya; Secretary General, Jordanian National Commission for Women
Enas El Shaffie (Egypt) - Executive Director, Forum for Women in Development
6:15pm Conversation with the audience