Lebanese American University

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Feminist Perspectives: Challenging Gender-Based Violence and Structural Inequality in the Arab Region and Beyond

Mar 15, 2019
NYAC

Are you interested in learning about how to articulate and implement feminist-informed approaches to addressing violence against women and girls? Please join us for an event co-hosted by the Coalition of Feminists for Social Change, the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University, the Global Women’s Institute, the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and VOICE as we discuss the Feminist Pocketbook, a new tool to help people working in humanitarian and development settings understand and implement feminist strategies in their work and promote women-centered advocacy, policy and programming efforts.

This session will use examples from the Arab region to illustrate the challenges, resistance, and entry points to achieving meaningful change for women and girls.

The Coalition of Feminists for Social Change, or COFEM, is an advocacy collective of thought leaders, activists, practitioners and academics working globally to end violence against women and girls. COFEM prioritizes women-centered and women-led initiatives grounded in intersectional feminist analysis. COFEM developed the Feminist Pocketbook – a series of 10 tip sheets – to better inform this work: https://cofemsocialchange.org

The Arab Institute for Women, The Global Women’s Institute, the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and VOICE: Amplifying Women and Girls in Crises are all partners in COFEM.

Speakers:

Mendy Marsh is an industry expert on violence against women and girls in conflicts and disasters. Today she is co-founder and Executive Director of the emerging non-profit VOICE: Amplifying Women and Girls in Crises.

Fatima Saeed is a women’s rights activist from Pakistan. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the London School of Economics and has worked on gender equality with UN Women and the Government of Pakistan.

The session will include videos of speakers from the Arab region and ample time for questions and discussion.

Moderator:

Dr. Lina Abirafeh is the Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University. Her background is in gender-based violence prevention and response. In 2018, Lina was listed as one of the Gender Equality Top 100: The Most Influential People in Global Policy.

Sponsors:

The Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American UniversityThe Global Women’s Institute at George Washington UniversityCoalition of Feminists for Social Change, The Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and VOICE: Amplifying Women and Girls in Crises. 

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