Seminar on the freedom of speech and civil rights for women in Muslim countries (Rafto & FIDH)

14/01/2013
Press release

With Shirin Ebadi (Iran), Malahat Nasibova (Azerbaijan) and Souhayr Belhassen (Tunisia).
Moderator: Laila Bokhari

15 January 2013 from 17.00 to 19.00 at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.

Arranged by: The Rafto Foundation, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Nobel Peace Center. The seminar is supported by the Fritt Ord Foundation.

2013 marks the 100th anniversary for Norwegian women’s right to vote. Equal rights, status and freedom for women and men is not a matter of course even today, and the situation varies a great deal from country to country.

- Watch the seminar on a live webcast here:

 

Some of the topics to be discussed at the seminar are:

• How are women’s basic human rights undermined under different versions of family laws? What should be the role of the state and religious authorities when it comes to safeguarding women’s rights?

• When political changes occur, how do debates and constitutional reform processes affect women’s legal rights and their freedom of expression? Is the situation of women even an issue?

• How can we prevent post «Arab spring» regimes to reproduce gender inequalities that reinforce traditional patriarchal societal patterns?

The event is a result of a colaboration between the Rafto Foundation, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Nobel Peace Center. The seminar is supported by the Fritt Ord Foundation.

The seminar marks the end of a high level meeting between Nobel and Rafto laureates Shirin Ebadi, Rebyia Kadeer, Malahat Nasibova and Souhayr Belhassen taking place in Oslo 13.-16. January. Read thefull press release here.

The seminar is open to the public. Rebiya Kadeer participates in the closed discussions, and is available for interviews. She is unfortunately unable to participate in the seminar, because she will be receiving the International Religious Freedom Award in Washington DC on 16 January.

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