Baker Institute conference to explore evolving roles of women in the Middle East April 24

MEDIA ADVISORY

David Ruth
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Jeff Falk
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Baker Institute conference to explore evolving roles of women in the Middle East April 24

HOUSTON – (April 21, 2014) – 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.

Who: Leading international scholars on the Middle East, international affairs and gender.

Valentine Moghadam, professor of sociology and director of the International Affairs Program at Northeastern University, will give the keynote address. 

Marwa Shalaby, director of the Baker Institute’s Women and Human Rights in the Middle East Program, will give welcoming remarks.

For the complete agenda and list of speakers, see http://bakerinstitute.org/media/files/event/2b71bb10/WHR-event-GenderConf-Program-042414.pdf.

What: “International Conference on Gender and Human Rights in the Middle East: The Evolving Roles of Women in the Arab World” event.

When: Thursday, April 24, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

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.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

A live webcast will be available at http://bakerinstitute.org/webcasts.

For a map of Rice University’s campus, go to www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.

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