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Forum: Women After The Arab Spring: Political and Social Rights

Islamic Renaissance Front

Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Malaysia Time Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Time)

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Forum on “Women After the Arab Spring:

Political and Social Rights”

Sunday, 27 April 2014,

11AM – 1PM

Conference Room, Global Movement of Moderates Malaysia,

Menara Manulife, level 15, 

Damansara Height, Kuala Lumpur

     The Arab Spring had seen the rise of young people who demanded a new kind

of politics. And women had played their part as protestors and leaders of the

uprising and were not spared the backlash – suffering arrest, sexual harassment

and even death. Many women protestors were ill-treated in gender-specific ways

just because they were women, defying convention and exercising their rights to

freedom of expression and assembly.

   In Egypt, it did not matter that women had played a critical role in the uprisings

that ousted the tyrant Mubarak. It did not matter that they had suffered equally

from repression and lacked of economic opportunity along with the men.

When elections finally came, Amnesty International asked political parties in

Egypt to make commitments to basic human rights principles including non-
discrimination and gender equality.

   Unfortunately the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, which won

47% of the total seats, failed even to respond to Amnesty International’s request.

The Salafists An-Nur Party which came second with 24% of seats, declined

to promote women’s rights. All in all, 71% of the then new parliament was

unwilling to commit to promoting women’s rights and gender equality.

In the aftermath of the Arab uprisings, the outlook for women’s rights remains

mixed and uncertain. The Global Gender Gap report showed Middle East

countries ranked poorly as a result of low political participation for women

except perhaps for Tunisia. Overall, women account for just 14% of members of

Arab parliaments. And two other areas namely government policy on women’s

rights and level of gender-based violence, also suggest discouraging trends.

It must be acknowledged that various groups with different agendas are

competing to shape the outcome of the transitions that are underway, with

unpredictable consequences for women’s rights. And if actors that are interested

in promoting women’s rights are to achieve any success in the post-uprising

period, they will need to find ways of working with the various competing forces,

finding common platforms and negotiating differences.

   The forum will feature Ni’mah Isma’il Ibrahim Nawwab from Mecca, an English

best-selling poet, writer, editor and photographer, an international lecturer and

a nominated Young Global Leader. She has been dubbed as a “voice for Arab

women and youths” an her engagement as a social activist, youth empowerment

leader and writings span issues on diversity, spirituality, peace, dignity, youth,

women, change, the environment and mutual respect for gender and race.

Another panelist is a renowned Muslim feminist and activist, Zainah Anwar; who

was recently awarded the highest French honour, the Legion d’Honneur by the

French government. She was also listed by San Francisco-based International

Museum of Women as one of the 10 most influential Muslim women. She is

currently a Director of Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in

the Muslim family.

   Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa, Director of Islamic Renaissance Front will moderate the


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1030-1100H: Registration

1100-1105H: Welcoming speech by Dr Azmi Sharom

1105-1110H: Speech by moderator, Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa

1110-1140H: Speech by Ni’mah Nawwab

1140-1210H: Speech by Zainah Anwar

1210-1300H: Discussion

1300: Lunch

any enquiry: please contact: Khalid Ismath -


mobile: 0102759683


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When & Where

conference room,
Global Movement of Moderate Malaysia,
Menara Manulife, level 15,
damansara height, , kuala lumpur 50490

Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Malaysia Time Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Time)

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Islamic Renaissance Front

IRF echoes the voice of reason and compassion, and is committed to liberating the Muslim mind from rigid orthodoxy and conservatism. IRF is also dedicated to the revival and reform of Islamic thought and appreciation in order to enable the Ummah to confront their present challenges more meaningfully towards the progress and happiness of all.

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