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Christians Brygge 3 1219 København K Denmark www.kvinfo.dk KVINFO is the Danish Centre for Information on Gender, Equality and Ethnicity. Since 2006 and with funds from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, KVINFO has established partnerships with more than 70 partners in the Middle East, North Africa and Denmark with the aim of strengthening gender equality and women’s rights.

PROGRAMME

WOMEN IN A CHANGING MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA – FACING CHALLENGES AND SEIZING OPPORTUNITIES
APRIL 16TH 2012 THE ROYAL LIBRARY, QUEENS HALL COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

09.15-09.45 09.45-10.00 10.00-10.15 10.15-10.35

REGISTRATION AND COFFEE Welcome speech by Director of KVINFO, Ms. Elisabeth Møller Jensen Opening speech by Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Villy Søvndal Special address by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Ms. Tawakkul Karman

AFTERNOON SESSION
13.45-15.00 “Seizing Change – Who are the promoters of change and how will they drive the agenda for equality and inclusion in the MENA region” Examples of and experiences from successful promotion of equality and women’s rights across the region. Panel of Experts: • Ms. Fatima Sidiqi, Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies and President of the National Union of Women’s Organizations, Morocco • Ms. Jamila Garmouma, Member of the presidium of the Fédération de la Ligue Démocratique des Droits des Femmes (FLDDF), Morocco • Ms. Nadia Shamroukh, General Manager of the Jordanian Women’s Union, Jordan Ms. Tanya Habjouqa, Photographer, Jordan • Mr. Yahia Zaid, Project coordinator, Nazra for Feminist Studies, Egypt 15.00-15.20 15.20-15.50 15.50-15.55 COFFEE BREAK Questions and Comments from the Audience Clip from the film ‘The Significance of Freedom’ by Film Director Mr. Truls Lie, Norway Closing Address by Head of KVINFO’s Middle East and North Africa Department, Ms. Lisbeth Pilegaard

MORNING SESSION
10.35-10.50 10.50-12.20 “Setting the Scene” by Moderator and BBC Reporter, Ms. Lyse Doucet “The Impact of the Arab Spring – how developments in the MENA region affect women and their struggle for an equal society” Taking stock of recent developments and impacts on inclusion/marginalisation of women across the region. Panel of Keynote Speakers: • Ms. Alaa Murabit, Chair, Voice of Libyan Women, Libya • Mr. Jakob Skovgaard Petersen, Professor, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark • Ms. Julie Pruzan- Jørgensen, Project Researcher and PhD, Middle East Studies, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark • Ms. Maryam Al-Khawaja, Head of the foreign relations office, Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Bahrain/Denmark • Ms. Ramzia Al-Iryani, Secretary General, Yemeni Women’s Union, Yemen 12.20-13.00 13.00-13.45 Questions and Comments from the Audience LIGHT LUNCH

15.55-16.00

Open wireless network in The Royal Library: KB

SPEAKER PROFILES JAMILA GARMOUMA (MOROCCO)
Member of the presidium of the Fédération de la Ligue Démocratique des Droits des Femmes (FLDDF) which is an independent non-profit organisation for women with the mission to defend women’s rights, improve gender equality and change local laws.

SPEAKER PROFILES
LYSE DOUCET (CANADA)
Lyse Doucet is an award winning senior presenter and correspondent for BBC World News Television and BBC World Service Radio who is often deployed to anchor special news coverage from the field. She played a key role in the BBC’s coverage of the Arab Spring across the Middle East and North Africa and has been reporting from the region for the past twenty years.

TANYA HABJOUQA (JORDAN/USA)
Jordanian-American photographer and member of the female photographers’ collective Rawiya. Tanya Habjouqa has more than ten years’ experience reporting in Iraq, Darfur, Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel, as well as the occupied Palestinian territories. Has special focus on gender and social and human rights stories.

ELISABETH MØLLER JENSEN (DENMARK)
Director of KVINFO, the Danish Centre for Information on Gender, Equality and Ethnicity, since 1990. Elisabeth Møller Jensen was the chief editor of the History of Nordic Women’s Literature, and has been a literary critic for several Danish newspapers.

TRULS LIE (NORWAY)
Documentary film maker, magazine editor and film critic. In the documentary “The Significance of Freedom” Arab women reflect on what they expect from the revolutionary climate in the Middle East. The film investigates the significance of freedom in the climate of change in Cairo, Beirut, Damascus, and Ramallah. The trailer is from the first essay from Cairo.

VILLY SØVNDAL (DENMARK)
Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs since 2011 and chairman of the Socialist People’s Party since 2005. Member of the Socialist People’s Party since 1976. Was elected for the Danish parliament for the first time in 1994 and has had a special focus on foreign and social politics throughout his political career.

LISBETH PILEGAARD (DENMARK)
Head of KVINFO’s Middle East and North Africa Department since December 2011. More than 15 years of experience as a manager for Non Governmental Organisations focusing on addressing displacement, gender inequalities and victims of conflict and armed violence. Lisbeth Pilegaard has lived and worked in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, as well as in several African countries.

TAWAKKUL KARMAN (YEMEN)
Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2011. Journalist, politician and human rights activist, and head of the human rights group Women Journalists Without Chains. One of the main representatives of the protest movement in Yemen. Tawakkul Karman received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee for her non-violent struggle for the safety of women, and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.

SPEAKER PROFILES ALAA MURABIT (LIBYA)
Co-founder of The Voice of Libyan Women, a women’s empowerment and development NGO in Libya which focuses on political participation and economic investment by Libyan women, as well as on the elimination of gender-based violence.

SPEAKER PROFILES JULIE PRUZAN-JØRGENSEN (DENMARK)
Project researcher and PhD at the Danish Institute for International Studies. Julie Pruzan-Jørgensen’s research focuses on the interlinkages of Islam, gender and politics in North Africa and the Middle East.

RAMZIA AL-ERYANI (YEMEN)
Secretary general of the General Arab Women’s Union and Chairwoman of the Yemeni Women’s Union. Received the International Alliance of Women’s World of Difference 100 award for 2010, which recognizes women whose efforts have advanced the economic empowerment of women.

FATIMA SADIQI (MOROCCO)
Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies, co-founder of the International Institute for Languages and Cultures in Fez and president of the National Union of Women’s Associations. Fatima Sadiqi is the author of several publications on women and gender.

JAKOB SKOVGAARD-PETERSEN (DENMARK)
Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Copenhagen and head of the University’s Centre for the New Islamic Public Sphere. His research focuses on issues pertaining to contemporary Islam, with special focus on the role of Muslim scholars. From 2005 to 2008 he headed the Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute in Cairo.

NADIA SHAMROUK (JORDAN)
General manager of the Jordanian Women’s Union, a non-governmental organisation working to abolish gender discrimination and empower women to practice their rights as citizens. Responsible for the organisation’s programmes.

MARYAM AL-KHAWAJA (BAHRAIN)
Human rights activist and head of the foreign relations office of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights. Daughter of the Bahraini human rights defender Abdulhadi AlKhawaja.

YAHIA ZAID (EGYPT)
Project coordinator in the Women’s Political Participation Academy in Nazra For Feminist Studies, a non-profit organisation whose aim is to safeguard the rights of women and increase the participation of young men and women in the gender debate in Egypt and the Middle East.

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