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Arab women: building peace, achieving justice?


20 March 2013

The panellists for this public forum are prominent Middle Eastern women who will discuss their own stories and the status of women in the region.
The panellists for this public forum are prominent Middle Eastern women who will discuss their own stories and the status of women in the region.

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 discussion will be facilitated by Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees, the Director of the Sydney Peace Foundation.

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.


Event details
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

Where: Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus

Cost: Free


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