Rice University’s Baker Institute will host its first International Conference on Gender and Human Rights in the Middle East on April 24, 2014. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is undergoing a major transformation not only at the political level but also — and most importantly — on societal and ideological levels. This conference aims to ignite discussion about the roles of Arab women in the political, economic and private spheres, and to shed light on the evolution of these roles over the past few decades. A cross-disciplinary dialogue, guided by leading scholars and policymakers in the field, will investigate topics ranging from citizenship to domestic violence across the region. The conference will provide practical and specific policy prescriptions guided by a balanced, multifaceted perspective on gender relations in the Middle East.
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Marwa Shalaby, Ph.D.
Valentine Moghadam, Ph.D.
Panel I — Islamic Law and Gender Equality
Moderator: Rita Stephan, Ph.D., Georgetown University
Gail Buttorff, Ph.D.
Amira Sonbol, Ph.D.
Ayesha Chaudhry, Ph.D.
Panel II — Agency and Women's Empowerment
Moderator: Marwa Shalaby, Ph.D., Baker Institute
Bozena Welborne, Ph.D.
Alessandra L. González, Ph.D.
Lindsay J. Benstead, Ph.D.
Panel III — Societal Change Post-Arab Spring
Moderator: Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Ph.D., Baker Institute
Dina Kiwan, Ph.D.
Valentine M. Moghadam, Ph.D.
Wanda Krause, Ph.D.
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