Hillary Clinton Center for Women's Empowerment

Fall 2015

The lecture series is co-sponsored by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)

Fall 2015

GUEST SPEAKERS

November 11, 2015 4:30 pm Building 14, Student Lounge

PROMOTING A VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN LAW IN MOROCCO

Speaker: Stephanie Willman-Bordat, co-founder of MRA (Mobilizing for Rights)


September 21, 2015 6:00 pm Auditorium 7

PROCESSES OF FAMILY LAW REFORM: LEGAL AND SOCIETAL CHANGE AND CONTINUITY IN MOROCCO AND JORDAN

Speaker: Dr. Dörthe Engelcke, Ph.D. St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

For the academic year 2014/2015, she was a visiting fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School and for 2016 was awarded a fellowship at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Göttingen, Germany.


 

August 2, 2015 4:40 pm Building 4, Room 108

DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIELD OF LANGUAGE AND GENDER AND SOME IMPLICATIONS FOR NORTH AFRICA AND SPAIN

Speaker: Dr. Norma Mendoza, Professor in Anthropology at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

Author of: Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice among Latina Youth Gangs, Wiley-Blackwell, 2008 and co-editor for a book series – New Directions in Ethnography – with Wiley/Blackwell Publishers.


 

October 21, 2015 6:10 pm Building 4, Room 101

RURAL CO-OPERATIVES: CHALLENGES AND SUCCESS

Speakers: Nora Allouch (Cooperative Anamil Adahabia, Azrou), Amina Yabis (Association Golden Buttons, Sefrou), Khadija Khajjou (Cooperative Assafae, Tigria)


CONFERENCES

December 7, 2015 3:00 pm Building 2, HCC Office #207 (closed session) | 4:20 pm Building 1, Board Room (open session)

RECOGNISING COMMON GROUND: ISLAM AND WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS?

Speakers: Zainah Anwar (Malaysia), Ziba Mir-Hosseina (Iran/United Kingdom), Marwa Sharafeldin (Egypt), Asma Lamrabet (Morocco)

This event was jointly sponsored by AIMS The American Institute for Maghrib Studies.

Musawah, the global movement for equality and justice in Muslim families held a seminar in collaboration with the Hillary Clinton Center (HCC) for Women’s Empowerment at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane. The public seminar highlighted new feminist knowledge and new forms of activism in the Muslim world, advocating the possibility and necessity for equality and justice within an Islamic framework. The panelists challenge the notions of patriarchy from within Muslim legal tradition. They discussed the prospects of forging an overlapping consensus between Muslim legal tradition and international human rights principles, and proposed alternative ways to understand Islam from a rights perspective.

Introduction and Welcome Remarks: Dr. Doris Gray, HCC, Al-Akhawayn University.

Ms. Anwar introduced Musawah and its key areas of work in knowledge building, international advocacy and movement building. She will touch upon some of Musawah’s ground-breaking research, such as the recently published Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition which critically engages with the concepts of qiwamah and wilayah; and Musawah’s CEDAW and Muslim Family Laws: In Search of Common Ground (2012) which critiques the ways governments use Islam to justify their reservations and non-compliance with CEDAW provisions and Musawah’s response for why implementation is possible from an Islamic perspective.

Dr. Mir-Hosseini provided social and political background informing the political and epistemological project of Muslim feminists who engage with religion in their quest for gender equality and justice. She mapped out how gender equality has emerged as a challenge to Muslim legal tradition and present efforts that have been underway since the beginning of the 20th century to produce new knowledge about gender equality and justice in Islamic legal thought.

Dr. Sharafeldin presented a case study of how Egyptian activists have grappled with Islamic law and human rights norms whilst advocating reform of the Muslim family law. She discussed the multiple factors shaping their complex interpretive process as they reformulate new understandings of qiwamah and wilayah for their reform advocacy in contemporary Egypt.

Dr. Lamrabet discussed women and Islam, a reformist approach. She showed that rather than denoting male authority and superiority, qiwamah and wilayah are part of the Quran’s core message to all human beings to assume responsibility of building human civilization, doing good and forbidding evil to realize justice in both the public and private spheres.

Zainah Anwar, Ziba Mir-Hosseini, and Marwa Sharafeldin from Musawah (equality) Network