Gender and the Politics of Rights in the Middle East

During this event, speakers will discuss issues of human rights, gender, and activism in the Middle East.


12:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch Panel: Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Political Activism


  • Marwa Shalaby
    Director: Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program, Rice University
    “The Role of Women in Middle Eastern Parliaments and Politics”
  • Mona Tajali
    Department of Women’s Studies, Agnes Scott College
    “From ‘Foot Soldiers’ to ‘Aspiring Leaders’: Women and Politics in Iran and Turkey”
  • Abbas Barzegar
    Department of Religious Studies, Georgia State University
    “Rights and Religion on the Humanitarian Frontier”
  • Moderator: Laura Bier, School of History and Sociology, Georgia Tech

2:00 – 2:15 PM: Coffee Break

2:15 – 4:00 PM: Keynote

Keynote Speaker: Abdullahi An-Na’im
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory University
“The Politics of Rights in a World of Wrongs: Making Rights Relevant”

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Co-Sponsored by HSOC, Modern Languages, and INTA

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