“Since the Revolution: Women’s Rights and Religious Freedom in Egypt”, a Conversation with Mona Makram-Ebeid

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•10•11    18:30 - 19:30

    On 11 October 2017, UNU will host “Since the Revolution: Women’s Rights and Religious Freedom in Egypt, a conversation with Dr Mona Makram-Ebeid, former Member of Parliament and Senator of Egypt, and Distinguished Lecturer at the American University in Cairo. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    Through Egypt’s two revolutions — the overthrow of King Farouk in the 1952 coup d’état, and another of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 — the country has gone from one radical transition to another. Despite these political developments, women and religious minorities continue to struggle for equality and recognition. Though the new constitution guarantees women’s equality, in practice, Sharia law and conservative traditions hamper women’s empowerment. Similarly, Coptic Christians face ongoing discrimination as a marginalised group in a predominantly Islamic society. How can the evolving roles of politics and religion be reconciled with the rights of women and religious minorities in Egypt?

    Dr Makram-Ebeid will join Ms Cale Salih, Research Officer at the UNU Centre for Policy Research, for a conversation discussing the influence of Islam on Egyptian society, and the prospects of harmony between religion, politics, and human rights.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 10 October) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Dr Mona Makram-Ebeid is a distinguished lecturer of political science at the American University in Cairo. She was a member of the Shoura Council (Egyptian Senate) from 2012 to 2013, during which she also served as the head of the Committee of Social Rights at the National Council for Human Rights. From 1990 to 1995, she was a member of the People’s Assembly (Egyptian Parliament) and served on the Committees of Foreign Affairs and Education. Her other notable roles include Advisor to the World Bank for the Middle East and North African region, Member of the UN Committee for Development Policy, and Advisor to the minister of Manpower and Immigration of Egypt. She has also served on numerous academic boards, including for the British University in Egypt and the Arab Open University (Kuwait).

    She is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (USA), and the American University in Cairo (Egypt).


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