Baker Institute conference to explore evolving roles of women in the Middle East

Leading international scholars will discuss the evolving roles of Arab women in their countries’ political, economic and private spheres at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 24.

This first international conference of the Baker Institute’s Women and Human Rights in the Middle East Program is open to the public and will be from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Baker Hall’s Doré Commons.

Valentine Moghadam, professor of sociology and director of the International Affairs Program at Northeastern University, will give the keynote address and Marwa Shalaby, director of the Baker Institute’s Women and Human Rights in the Middle East Program, will give welcoming remarks.

The Middle East and North Africa region is undergoing a major transformation not only at the political level but also — and most importantly — on societal and ideological levels, according to event organizers. At this conference, a cross-disciplinary dialogue, guided by leading scholars and policymakers in the field, will investigate topics ranging from citizenship to domestic violence across the region. The conference will provide practical and specific policy prescriptions guided by a balanced, multifaceted perspectives on gender relations in the Middle East, organizers said.

For more information and to register, visit A live webcast will be available at

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