International Women's Day Roundtable: Women's Rights in the MENA region


This roundtable will focus on women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The speakers will discuss what progress has been made in the MENA, and what the remaining challenges are for women in North Africa, Iran, and the Gulf region. The roundtable will also explore the shifting attitudes towards women's participation in the public sphere, gender activism, and women's political participation, highlighting regional and/or subnational variations regarding these aspects.



Dr.Marwa Shalaby is an assistant professor in the departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Shalaby was the Fellow for the Middle East and Director of the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program, Rice University, Texas and a Visiting Scholar at the Program of Governance and Local Development (GLD), University of Gothenburg. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Politics and Religion and Review of Economics and Political Science. Shalaby’s research areas are comparative politics, democratization and research methodology. Her work focuses primarily on the intersection of the politics of authoritarianism, and women in politics.


Dr. Nermin Allam is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Rutgers University-Newark. Before joining Rutgers, Allam held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. Allam holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Alberta, Canada.


Dr. Shirin Saeidi is an assistant professor of political science and an affiliated faculty member of the Middle East Studies Program. She earned a B.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Ph.D. in politics and international studies from Cambridge University, UK. She has published numerous articles and book chapters that have appeared in Gender & History, Citizenship Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, International Studies Review, and The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences.


Dr. Dalal Alfares is an assistant professor at the Department of English Language and Literature at Kuwait University.


When? 8 March 2023, 1600 CET. 

Where? On Zoom, registration link: 

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