Beyond Revolution: The Future of Women's Rights and Democracy in the Middle East-North Africa



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, 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, which starts with the panel discussion at 5:15PM EST**

Our event today will commence with a screening of the documentary film Because Our Cause Is Just which you may view here.

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 22 WLP and Cultural Conversations 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

    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 Afkhami (Iran/U.S.) - 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

6:15     Conversation with the audience

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