Advancing Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa

November 18, 2013 —


Human Rights Action - Amnesty International at Georgetown University Law Center, and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights present a panel discussion: Advancing Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa. 


Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Georgetown University Law Center
Room 109, McDonough Hall
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001


12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Panel 1 - Legal, structural, cultural, and religious barriers and opportunities with regard to advancing women's rights.
Raja El Habti, Consultant, UN Women in North Africa
Susan Markham, Director of Women's Political Participation, National Democratic Institute 
Dr. Nancy Okail, Executive Director, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
Amy Senier, Supervising Attorney and Teaching Fellow, the Georgetown Law International Women's Human Rights Clinic (moderator)

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Panel 2 - An in-depth look at the current pulse of women's rights movements in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and the Gulf states. 
Ragia Omran, Egyptian Human Rights Attorney and Member, New Women Foundation
Chloée Ponchelet, Program Officer for North Africa, Fund for Global Human Rights


The past several years have seen a rise in pro-democracy demonstrations and activism throughout the Middle East and North Africa, with women at the forefront of many of these human rights struggles. Still, laws that discriminate against women are pervasive, and despite increasing rates and levels of education among women in the region, they continue to be held back from economic opportunities. While there have been some modest legal advances made in favor of women’s rights recently, there is much more to be done to ensure equal rights for women.

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