Feminists of Westminster Unite Society is delighted to invite you to the panel discussion about the role of women in the Arab Spring.
What was the role of women during the uprisings? What has changed? What are the reasons behind recent outbreaks of violence against women in Egypt? How does this violence affect women’s participation in the political domain? What are the prospects for the future? These and other questions will be addressed by our speakers at this fascinating and informative event.
Our speakers are – Dr Maria Holt from University of Westminster, Dr Anne Alexander from humanities research centre at the University of Cambridge, and Joshua Rogers from Saferworld organisation.
Dr Maria Holt is a Senior Lecturer in the Democracy and Islam Programme. Her focus first is on experience of Palestinian refugee women in Lebanon and on the impact of Islamic resistance movements on women in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. Her other research interests include the Arab-Israeli conflict, Muslim communities in the UK, political Islamist movements in the Middle East, and the final years of the British colonial period in southern Yemen. Her recent work has been on violence against women in the context of conflict in the Middle East. Maria will talk about her research and relate it to cases of the violence being experienced by women during the Arab uprisings.
Dr Anne Alexander is a researcher from humanities centre CRASSH at the University of Cambridge. The focus of her research is on leadership, collective action and social movements in the Middle East; Anne is particularly interested in Egypt, Iraq and Syria post-1945 and labour movements across the region. She is currently developing ‘a project which will investigate the relationship between the dissemination of new media technologies and mobilisation for political change in the Middle.
Joshua Rogers is a Project Leader from Saferworld organisation. He is currently involved in the ‘Gender, peace and security’ project in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. He has a lot of experience working with women activists in all three countries. Joshua has been leading the research project on how perceptions of safety and security affect women’s ability to participate in the political domain (this research will inform the UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence initiative).
External students and individuals will need to register at least two days in advance for university security reasons. Please email your name to Feminist.email@example.com with ‘Women and the Arab Spring’ in the subject field.
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