Past Events

General Events

Transnational Conference on SRHR

On December 5, 2022, the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship organized a hybrid Transnational Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). This conference aims to provide information and share knowledge about SRHR from experts, targeting young people in their diversity to acquire adequate, correct, and detailed knowledge of SRHR.

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Feminist Insurgents: Will the Protests in Iran Bring Change?

Amid the women-led uprisings in Iran, the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship organized a talk on November 4, 2022 followed by a conversation with Iranian author and scholar Azadeh Moaveni moderated by Dr. Vivienne Badaan, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the American University of Beirut. Our guest shared her insights on the current…

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Chevening Scholarships Programme Information Session

The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship organized an information session on the Chevening Scholarship Programme application process on October 20, 2022 for recent graduate and senior student from Lebanon, Syria, or Palestine who are interested in pursuing a fully funded one-year Master’s Degree in the United Kingdom.

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Feminist Circle Series

Decolonizing Knowledge & Institutions: Towards a Rethinking of Feminist Knowledge Production

On November 24, 2022, the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship organized the event “Decolonizing Knowledge & Institutions: Towards a Rethinking of Feminist Knowledge Production to reflect on how we can harness the collective political power of intersectional, decolonial, indigenous, queer, feminist, and racial justice movements and translate it into a profound transformation of…

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Funding Feminist Movements in the MENA: Analyzing the Current Ecosystem

This circle brings together feminist funds to discuss joint action and collaboration which seek to address the endemic issue of funding feminist movements and activism globally and in the MENA region. It also discusses the outcome and implications of the Generation Equality Forum which just took place in Paris in early June.

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Gender and Feminism Roundtable Series

‘Impostor Feminism’: Instrumentalizing and Depoliticizing Feminism

Introduction On June 09, 2022, at Auditorium B, West Hall, at the American University of Beirut (AUB) the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship invited guest speakers Paola Salwan Daher, senior global advocacy advisor at the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Fatma Torkhani, the founder and editor-in-chief of Arabia Vox to hold a panel…

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Dress Code and Bodily Agency

In an attempt to answer questions related to feminist activism in the MENA region, the circle provided a safe space for the discussion of multi-layered subjects, taboos, and dilemmas that the female is dogmatically constrained by. The speakers presented an in-depth analysis of a series of questions that investigate the brutal societal expectations and limitations…

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Women of Afghanistan: My Voice to My Home

Women of Afghanistan: My Voice to My Home, Pt. 5

This webinar’s guest speaker is Zara Yagana, the Founder and Head of Green Home who is an advocate for a life free from violence against women and girls in Afghanistan. She is the Founder and CEO of a nonprofit organization, Green Home, that helped provide scholarships and healthcare to children affected by suicide bombings.

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Women of Afghanistan: My Voice to My Home, Pt. 4

This webinar tackles important issues with poet, writer, and women human rights defender Hoda Khamosh. Hoda Khamosh, was one of the women protesters against the Taliban in Kabul during the past 6 months and was one of six Afghan women who were invited to sit with Taliban officials as they made their first invited visit…

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Nowruz 2022

For Afghanistan, especially after the Taliban took over in August of 2021, winter has been dominating over the blossoming of spring for the people of Afghanistan and especially for its women. Nowruz has been different this year. The day of celebrating joy and laughter with rich aromas and colors and songs and dances has not…

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Book Launches

Book Launch: For the War Yet to Come

The MSFEA Urban Lab and the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut launched the book, “For the War Yet to Come” by Hiba Bou Akar, the assistant professor of urban planning at Columbia University. The writer argues that spaces for urban planning have become “post-conflict” battlegrounds for political…

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Book Launch: Civil-Military Relations in the Middle East

This book focuses on Civil-Military Relations (CMR) in Egypt, a country that witnessed uprisings calling for democratic change in January 2011, which led to the ousting of Hosni Mubarak from the Presidency, the suspension of the constitution, and the dissolution of the parliament as well as the ruling of the National Democratic Party (NDP). Ironically,…

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Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship

American University of Beirut

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