Women's Rights: Contrasting the Maghrib and the Middle East by Dr. Aili Tripp


Speaker: Dr. Aili Tripp (HCC Scholar in Residence 2015-2016)


On Friday, October 27, 2017, Dr. Aili Tripp presented her research on the development of women’s rights and political participation in the MENA region to a gathering of AUI community members.


Her research interrogates the impact of women’s rights development in shaping political representation and engagement. As a political scientist, Dr. Tripp is particularly interested in the higher rates of representation among women in the MENA region, exploring the strength and autonomy of women’s movements; diffusion of rights throughout the region; and the impact of unified legal systems. Her research also studies the implementation of gender quota systems in Morocco, which was the first state to adopt this gender integration plan. Dr. Tripp’s lecture drew on regional research that she conducted as the Hillary Clinton Center for Women’s Empowerment Scholar in Residence for the 2015-2016 academic year.


While her recent research focuses on North Africa, Dr. Tripp has published widely on politics and gender in central and sub-Saharan Africa, including her most recent book, Women and Power in Post-Conflict Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2015).


Dr. Tripp currently serves as Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and chairs the university’s Department of Gender & Women’s Studies.