Rangita de Silva-de Alwis, S.J.D.: The Arab Spring: Challenges and Opportunities for Women
Lunchtime Seminar April 20, 2012 (52:46 min.)
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, Rangita de Silva-de Alwis, S.J.D., director of International Human Rights Policy and the Susan McGee Baily Research Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women and director of the Women in Public Service Summer Institute at Wellesley College, will discuss the coming together of transnational actors at the Rabat Roundtable that 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 world, 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 World.