Geneva Hosting Forum on Women's Rights in Middle East and North Africa

Forum on Women's Rights in the MENA RegionWebster University Geneva will host a virtual forum on women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region on Thursday, Dec. 3.

This all-day event on Zoom will seek to shed light and analyze the on-going struggles, challenges and threats to women’s status and rights. It will critically assess these issues in the context of the long and enduring struggle of the Arab Spring that commenced a decade ago.

The forum aims to create new opportunities for peace and development by assessing the achievements and setbacks to women’s rights in the past decade and addressing the challenging implications of COVID-19 for the lives and empowerment of women of the MENA region today and tomorrow.

The event will also study the emerging feminist activism in this vital part of the world. It will examine the new social movements and how they differ from those of the Arab Spring of 2010-2011. Topics to cover include women in the media, social movements in the digital age, women and nonviolence, and political activism during the current pandemic. Organizaers intend for the forum to create synergies between women activists in the field, academia, and international organizations in Geneva.

The Forum Will Consist of Four Panels:

  • Panel One: The Role of Education on Women’s Empowerment and Mobilization
  • Panel Two: Feminism and Identity Politics: The Rise of New Social Movements 
  • Panel Three: Women’s Rights Movements, Technology and Digitalization: Opportunities and Obstacles
  • Panel Four: Feminism and International Organizations in the Age of Covid-19: Reimagining the Future 

Information and Registration

09:00 - 16:00 CET

  • Click HERE for the full program. 
  • Click HERE to pre-register for access via Zoom (mandatory)

This event is organized with the generous support of the Swiss government and Webster University Geneva alumni. English-Arabic interpretation will be provided.

For further information and queries, please contact the MENA Center for Peace and Development at

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