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Advocacy for Women’s Rights Peace and Security in MENA: Challenges of Shrinking Civic Space


12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, 23 March

In the context of the parallel events for the 65th Session of Commission on the Status of Women, FEMENA is organizing the event Advocacy for Women’s Rights Peace and Security in MENA: Challengers of Shrinking Civic Space.

Speakers include Virtual Activism’s Executive Director, Marlyn Tadros, Egypt, FEMENA organizer Sussan Tahmasebi, Iran, and Sawssan AbouZahr, Lebanon.

Event title: Advocacy for Women’s Rights Peace and Security in MENA: Challenges of Shrinking Civic Space
Event time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, 23 March
Description: How are independent women’s groups advocating for gender equality and elimination of violence against women in restrictive, complex, and at times violent political and social contexts? Does the definition of peace and security for activists in the region go beyond narrow definitions of national security? If so, how do they view women’s security and peace? How have increased restrictions on their ability to organize in civic organizations impacted the ability of Women Human Rights Defenders to advocate for women’s rights, peace and security? Join us for a critical discussion with rights advocates from Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, and Afghanistan to learn more.