Arab women: building peace, achieving justice?
20 March 2013
Three women who have played prominent roles in the struggle to secure basic human rights in the Middle East will discuss women's rights in the context of the Arab Spring at a public forum at the University of Sydney tomorrow.
The panellists include Dr Houriya Kazim, the United Arab Emirate's first female surgeon; Ms Zeina Daccache, a ground-breaking psychologist and filmmaker who uses drama therapy to help female prisoners in Lebanon; and Ms Manal Elattir, CEO of Women's Economic Empowerment, in Morocco.
The women will talk about their own stories and achievements, the current status of women in Middle Eastern countries, and how that differs from the stereotypical Western images of Arab women.
The forum, jointly hosted with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Sydney Peace Foundation, is part of the inaugural Australian Arab Women's Dialogue, which is hosted by the Australian National University, with support from AusAID, Etihad Airways and the Council for Australian-Arab Relations.
What: Public Forum 'Dialogue with Arab Women: Building Peace, Achieving Justice?'
Who: Dr Houriya Kazim, Ms Zeina Daccache, Ms Manal Elattir
When: 12.30 to 1.30pm, Thursday 21 March
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