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For Immediate Release: March 15, 2012

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) continues its spring lunchtime seminar series March 29th with “The Arab Spring: Challenges and Opportunities for Women,” presented by Rangita de Silva-de Alwis, S.J.D., director of International Human Rights Policy Programs at WCW, the Susan McGee Baily Research Scholar at WCW, and director of the Women in Public Service Summer Institute at Wellesley College.

The Arab Spring was a powerful reminder of the global community we live in today and the importance of transnational idea sharing. In this presentation, de Silva-de Alwis, S.J.D. will discuss the coming together of transnational actors at the Rabat Roundtable that WCW convened in May 2011. She will also discuss how the work that follows, including a future meeting of women leaders from the Arab and Muslim communities, offers a critical space at a critical time to reflect on the role of women in political transformation and to identify challenges and impediments to women’s role in the vanguard of political reform in the Arab and Muslim communities.

Lunchtime seminars are held Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Centers' Cheever House location, 828 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA. The programs are free and open to the public. Bring your lunch, WCW will provide tea and coffee. To confirm program line-up, call 781 283 2500 or visit

The Wellesley Centers for Women is one of the largest gender-focused research-and-action organizations in the world. Scholars at the Centers conduct social science research and evaluation, develop theory and publications, and implement training programs on issues that put women’s lives and women’s concerns at the center. Since 1974, our work has generated changes in attitudes, practices, and public policy.