April 8 Talk: On Gender and Religion in the Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa

“Repression, Religion, Revolution, and Rights: Uprisings in the Middle East, North Africa, and Beyond”

 April 8, 2011
12:15 pm- 1:30 pm
Lewis 202

Please join us for a talk by Karima Bennoune, widely published author and Professor of Law at Rutgers University.  Prof. Bennoune recently returned from research trips to Egypt and Tunisia, as well as Algeria, where she served as an observer at pro-democracy protests, writing a series of articles about these events for the Guardian.

On Friday, she will discuss current human rights struggles in North Africa, especially as they affect regional women’s movements.  She will also explore the dynamics of local protest movements, the role of law reform in current transitions, and the difficulties involved in confronting the challenges to human rights posed by dictatorship and by fundamentalism.

Prof. Bennoune has served as a member of the executive council of the American Society of International Law and on the board of directors of Amnesty International USA.  Currently, she sits on the Council of the Network of Women Living Under Muslim Laws.

This event is being co-sponsored by HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the Women’s Law Association, the Middle Eastern Law Students Association and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.