The Struggle for Progress: Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa

Public release of findings from Freedom House’s survey
Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, 2010 Edition  

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

Introductory Remarks
Dalia Mogahed: Executive Director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; Trustee, Freedom House
Ronald Schlicher:Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Near Eastern Affairs

Rana Husseini: award winning journalist at the Jordan Times whose exposure of “honor crimes” helped raise national awareness, public outcry, and government programs to combat the practice
Dalia Ziada: Egyptian women’s rights activist and outspoken advocate against female genital mutilation; Director of the North Africa Bureau, American Islamic Congress
Huda Ahmed: award winning Iraqi journalist and women’s rights analyst who served in Baghdad as a special correspondent and translator for the Washington Post and McClatchy Newspapers
Sanja Kelly: Senior Researcher and Managing Editor at Freedom House; director of the Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa project

Freedom House invites you to the public release of findings from our comprehensive study, Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa. Although women in the Middle East continue to face severe forms of discrimination in all facets of life, our analysis also highlights notable improvements in recent years, particularly in the spheres of education and labor participation. This event will feature leading activists and experts from the region who will discuss the study’s key findings, as well as its implications for international assistance and NGO programs aimed at promoting women’s rights in the Middle East.



Space is limited and RSVP is required to access U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center.

Please RSVP to Elena Postnikova by email (below) or 202-747-7097.