Azza Karam

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Azza Karam is Director of the Women’s Program at the World Conference of Religions for Peace International Secretariat in New York, where she works to build a global network of religious women’s organizations and mainstream their leadership in all areas of development and peace building. Dr. Karam is also President of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN. Prior to joining the staff of Religions for Peace, she worked as Senior Program Officer at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Stockholm, Sweden. While at IDEA, Dr. Karam set up the Arab World and the Gender programs, and assisted with the initiation of the Applied Research Program. She was formerly Program Manager at the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, where she facilitated conflict and reconstruction trainings in Lebanon, Yemen, Uzbekistan and Northern Ireland.

An Egyptian national, she holds an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and a PhD cum laude from the University of Amsterdam. She has lectured widely in international fora in Egypt, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, and India on political Islam, democratization, and international gender issues. Her publications include: Women, Islamism and the State (1998); Islam in a non-Pillarised Society (co-author, 1996); Women in Parliament: Beyond Numbers (Edited, 1998); Transnational Political Islam (2003) and Women in War and Peace-Building (forthcoming).

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