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Gender, Development, and Human Rights Work in North Africa and the Middle East

October 25, 2016 @ 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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So much of what we hear about the Middle East and North Africa today revolves around conflict, division, and instability. Less commonly are we presented stories about diversity, development, strength, and progress. Challenge the narrative of negativity, and learn more about what good is being done in the region. Join us on Tuesday, October 25 for a special Educator’s Workshop featuring visiting NGO and development workers from Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco.

Our International Visitors are in Seattle as part of the HANDS Professional Fellows Program, in partnership with the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The focus of the fellowship is on NGO Development for Organizations Improving the Status of Women, and our workshop speakers are employed as human rights advocates, health workers, educators, and advocates for the rights of women and girls. We will hear more about the environments they work in, the progress they have made in their fields, and what they still hope to accomplish for the future. 

Learn directly from the activists and change-makers on the ground, and leave equipped with knowledge and curricular resources to tell your students a different story about the Middle East and North Africa.  

Workshop cost ($30) includes curricular resource packet, 3 clock hours, and a light dinner. 

Workshop Moderator:

Paula Holmes-Eber, Middle East Center, Jackson School of International Studies; author of Daughters of Tunis: Women, Family, and Networks in a Muslim CityDr. Holmes-Eber will provide an overall context on the situation of women in North Africa that will lead into the discussion with the HANDS fellows. She will speak about the role of women in Islam; address the rights and roles of women in North Africa since independence; focus on similarities and differences across the region; and speak about the impact of the Arab Spring on women’s roles in the region.

Paula Holmes-Eber, PhD is Affiliate Professor at the Middle East Center, Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College. Her research and expertise focuses on women and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa. From 2006-14, Dr. Holmes-Eber mentored and taught thousands of senior level military and government officials on the cultural aspects of conflict in the Middle East as Professor of Operational Culture at Marine Corps University.

Professor Holmes-Eber is the author of numerous scholarly publications on Muslim women, culture, conflict and change in the Middle East including five books on the subject: Culture in Conflict: Irregular Warfare, Culture Policy and the Marine Corps (Stanford University Press), Daughters of Tunis: Women, Family and Networks in a Muslim City (Westview Press) and a three book series by MCU Press on the cultural aspects of conflict: Operational Culture for the Warfighter: Principles and Applications; Applications in Operational Culture: Perspectives from the Field and Case Studies in Operational Culture.

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October 25, 2016
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Hamilton International Middle School
1610 N 41st St
Seattle,98103United States
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