"Women After the Arab Awakening: Making Change" is the title of a panel discussion set for 2-3:30 p.m. thisThursday, October 25, at The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. Brookings' Saban Center for Middle East Policy is cosponsoring the event with Vital Voices Global Partnership and the Project on Middle East Democracy, an NGO on whose staff IntLawGrrls contributor Christie Edwards serves.
Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow and Director of the Saban Center, will moderate the following panelists: Lina Ali Ahmad of the Lebanese League for Women in Business, Lebanon; Marianne Ibrahim of the Al-Gisr Center for Development, Egypt; Randa Naffa of SADAQA in Jordan; and Souad Slaoui of the Isis Centre, Morocco.
In framing topics to be discussed, organizers write:
'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?'Registration here.