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Women and Democracy in the Middle East

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NED, in cooperation with WLP, invites you to

 

a lunch meeting and panel discussion:

 

 

 

From the Margins to the Center:

 

Women and Democracy in the Middle East

  

 

Wajeeha Al-Baharna Vice President

 

Bahrain Women Association

 

 

 

Bahrain

 

Mahnaz Afkhami President & CEO

 

Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP)

 

Iran

 

Asma Khader

 

General Coordinator

 

Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI)

 

Jordan

 

Rabea Naciri

 

Founding Member

 

Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc

 

Morocco

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction by:

 

 

 

Barbara Haig

 

Vice President, Programs, Planning & Evaluation

 

NED

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 26, 2009

 

12:00-2:00 p.m.

 

(Lunch served from 12:00-12:30 p.m.)

 

 

 

NED Main Conference Room

 

1025 F Street, N.W., 8th floor

 

Washington, DC 20004

 

 

 

RSVP (acceptances only) by Friday, October 23rd, to rsvp@ned.org

 

 

 
Women in the Middle East are working to change public opinion, laws, and policies in order to build democratic and inclusive societies. Join us as a panel of activists from campaigns for justice in Iran, Jordan, Morocco, and Bahrain share their challenges and successes in demanding equal rights as citizens – in the family and in society.
Their campaigns grew from local experience and spread across national and regional divisions. They include Iran’s One Million Signatures for reform of family laws; the Arab regional CEDAW campaign, Equality without Reservation; and the Claiming Equal Citizenship campaign for reform of nationality laws in the Middle East and Gulf.

The event will also launch a new book, Iranian Women’s One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story. Narrated by Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani, the book details the history, strategies, and values of a movement that brought world attention to the injustice of gender apartheid in Iran.
Through door-to-door visits, impromptu street theatre, and use of alternative media, the campaign’s coordinated efforts, fraught with great risks and sacrifice, contributed to the solidarity that resulted in public protests against the contested presidential elections of June 2009.

 Panelists:
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Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran/USA), president & CEO of Women’s Learning Partnership, executive director of Foundation for Iranian Studies, and former Minister for Women’s Affairs in Iran.
 
 

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Wajeeha Al-Baharna (Bahrain), founding member and vice-president of Bahrain Women Association and board member of the Arab Network for Non-Governmental Organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Asma Khader (Jordan), general coordinator of Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan, secretary general of the Jordanian National Commission for Women, and former Minister of Culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Rabea Naciri (Morocco), founding member of Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc, former executive director of Collectif 95 Maghreb Egalité, and professor in the Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines at the University of Rabat.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 


 


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