|Women's Rights in the Islamic World after the Arab Spring|
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
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There has been a great deal of hope, and some very real progress, in the enhancement of gender equality and women’s rights in many of the Muslim majority nations following the surge of freedom and democracy of the Arab Spring. This program will try to put those advancements in historic context and explain and explore both those changes and the likelihood of their becoming permanent or becoming negated, or even reversed, by fundamentalist forces.
Moderator: ROBERT E. MICHAEL, Chair, Subcommittee on Islamic Law, Council on International Affairs, New York City Bar Association; former Chair, Committee on Foreign and Comparative Law; Chair, Islamic Law Committee, American Branch, International Law Association; Adjunct Professor, Pace University Law School; Managing Member, Robert E. Michael & Associates PLLC
Speakers: NORAH AL-TAWEEL, Saudi Arabian lawyer; May 2013 candidate for an L.L.M. Degree in International Law, Pace University Law School; CAROLE BASRI, Adjunct Professor, Fordham University Law School; Vice President, Women’s Alliance for a Democratic Iraq; President, Corporate Lawyering Group LLC; Senior Vice President, Balint, Brown & Basri LLC; KARIMA E. BENNOUNE, Professor of Law, University of California Davis School of Law; Author, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, Untold Stories From The Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism (forthcoming August 2013); ZEINA AL-JALLAD, Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow, Columbia Law School Center for Gender and Sexuality Law; Member, Faculy of Law and Public Administration Law, Birzeit University, Palestine; SALI A. RAKOWER, Senior Fellow and inaugural Director, West Point Center for the Rule of Law
Sponsored by: Council on International Affairs, Bettina Plevan, Chair; Committee on Sex and Law, Pamela Zimmerman, Chair; Committee on Women in the Profession, Angela Rella, Chair
Co-sponsored by: New York Women’s Bar Association; Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, International Women’s Rights Committee; Muslim Bar Association of New York; PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law
Event Location: 42 West 44th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.)