Women’s Quests for Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Contestations, Complexities, Contradiction
Project Dates: 2013-2015
Principal Investigator: Haideh Moghissi (York University)
Co-Applicants: Enakshi Dua (York University)
What has come to be known as the “Arab Spring” is a remarkable turning point in the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Whatever the outcome of this regional, political earthquake, there is no turning back to the past in the countries that rose for democracy and social justice. However, there are plenty of signs of hard challenges ahead for women in MENA. In particular, the role of Islamists in the movement for democracy and social justice raises the vital question: what is on the immediate horizon for women and rights activists? A two-day conference (April 5 & 6, 2013) served as a forum for scholars and activists in the field to analyze the potential of the Arab Spring for women.