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Global Thinkers: Action for Gender Equality in the MENA region

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Global Thinkers Forum Roundtable:
“Gender equality priorities in the MENA region “
featuring:
Internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker,
actress, artist and writer Mania Akbari
Egyptian journalist, Shahira Amin, former deputy head of Egyptian state-owned Nile TV and
Souad Talsi MBE founder of Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women’s Centre UK

London, October 2 2014

London – The international organization Global Thinkers Forum is delighted to announce an event dedicated to women’ rights in the MENA region that will take place in London on October 16, 2014 at 18:30 at Grace Belgravia. The event will receive support from UN Women.

2015 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPFA) for gender equality by all the member states of the United Nations. The BPFA remains, 20 years later, the most comprehensive roadmap for achieving gender equality and women’s rights and its normative force has been repeatedly reaffirmed by governments over the years. Notwithstanding its resonance across the world as the blue print to achieve gender equality, the implementation of the BPFA has been slow and unsteady and no country in the world can claim to have achieved gender equality to date.

This is particularly true of the Middle East and North African (MENA) region where in spite of strong citizen action and women’s organizing movements, the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights for the majority of the women of the region remains distant.

With a view to focussing attention on a Call To Action for governments in the region, the Global Thinkers Forum is convening a dialogue with policy makers and civil society actors from the MENA region to discuss priorities for implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the MENA region.

GTF CEO & Founder, Elizabeth Filippouli, states: “This is a very important event as it is part if the GTF ‘Roundtable Dialogue Series’ program in order to promote conversation and change with regards to women’s rights worldwide. With this program GTF supports in action the implementation of the Beijing agenda and aims to engage and mobilize more actors for accelerated and effective implementation to achieve gender equality and realize women’s rights. We are most delighted to have these superb panelists with us and partner with Grace Belgravia as well.

Mania Akbari says: ‘I do not think of traits in a woman. I think of them in a human being. Men and women are in the end one. There is one human trait that I value and that is innocence, which has been so damaged and has become an incurable demon. The world is so poor for not having this word. This is one of the most meaningful words, with an aesthetic value.’

The event will be structured like a moderated conversation among the panellists and will also include audience engagement and participation.

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For further information: (Global Thinkers): Sally Scamell
sally.scamell@globalthinkers …

News Release: Global Thinkers: Action for Gender Equality in the MENA region
Submitted on: October 03, 2014
Submitted by: Global Thinkers
On behalf of: www.globalthinkersforum.org/gtf-london-conversation-gender-equality/