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Do Arab Women Have Reason to Celebrate this International Women’s Day?

Do Arab Women Have Reason to Celebrate this International Women’s Day?

Date(s) - 03/10/2022
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The first International Women’s Day was observed in March 1911 in western capitals, but it was not until 1977 that the United Nations adopted it as a day to educate the public, mobilize for change, and celebrate achievements on a global scale. More than a century after day was first celebrated, women in developed and developing nations alike continue to face discrimination and challenges in all aspects of social, economic, and political life. In the Middle East and North Africa region in particular, women rank worst in the world on the Gender Gap Index regarding access to health, education, economic advancement, and politics. While Arab women have been at the forefront of political and social mobilization and national movements in their countries, they remain systematically excluded from public life. Experts at this webinar will discuss the current status of women’s rights in the Arab world, the slow progress made as well as the remaining challenges facing Arab women today, and how best to address these obstacles to support Arab women in achieving equal rights, freedoms, and opportunities.


Lina AbiRafeh
Global women’s rights expert and gender equality advocate
Senior Advisor for Global Women’s Rights, Arab Institute for Women, Lebanese American University

Yara M. Asi
Assistant Professor, School of Global Health Management and Informatics, University of Central Florida
Nonresident Fellow, Arab Center Washington DC

Isis Nusair
Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and International Studies, Denison University

Marwa M. Shalaby
Assistant Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies and Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tamara Kharroub – Moderator
Deputy Executive Director and Senior Research Fellow, Arab Center Washington DC

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