Past Events

General Events

Queer Feminism in MENA: Pragmatism, Prejudice, and Possibilities

On the 23rd of June 2022, Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship organized an event on “Queer Feminism in MENA: Pragmatism, Prejudice, and Possibilities.” The purpose was to provide a platform for queer feminists and allies to examine the challenges and opportunities and also identify common grounds and outline recommendations for promoting research and activism efforts. The event took place in Issam Fares Institute (IFI), at the American University of Beirut (AUB).

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Feminist Perspectives on Work & Care in Pandemic Times

The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship hosted an event that discussed the different dimensions of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event took place on June 16, 2022, and was live streamed via Zoom. This event was chaired by Dr. Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay, an Asfari Institute Fellow & Associate at Royal Tropical Institute.

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Feminist Circle Series

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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A Feminist Critique of the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda

Many countries in the MENA region are shaken by ongoing conflicts with women and girls being disproportionately affected. Women still lack representation in peace processes, as negotiations are still male-dominated, and the women included in the processes lack meaningful participation.

As part of the Feminist Circles series, the Asfari Institute organized a roundtable on a feminist approach and critique of the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda with Mona Zeineddine and Lama Kannout, moderated by Paola Salwan Daher.

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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 on women in general and examined ways through which females can take back their agency over their own bodies, choices, and actions.

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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 to a Western country since taking control of Afghanistan in August.

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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 been the same since the Taliban have de facto ruled again. The students of AUB are celebrating this day in hope of the victory of their spring over the darkness in the world.

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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 and religious groups seeking to gain control of what they see as potential future frontiers.

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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, revolutionary forces in Egypt were dependent on the Egyptian military in taking these steps, with the military ultimately taking power some 30 months later.

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