Womens Forum Fez, 2017

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Under His Majesty the king Royal Patronage, ISIS Center for Women and Development and Konrad Adenauer Foundation organize the 8th edition of the Mediterranean Women Forum on the theme “Women’s Voices  in the Mediterranean and Africa: Movements, Feminisms, and Resistance to Extremisms” on May 5, 6, and 7-10, 2017 at les Mérinides Hotel, Fez, Morocco.  This event is organized in partnership with Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University and Penn State University (USA). The main aim of the conference is to fight radicalization and extremism, build-up peace initiatives, protect women’s rights, and enhance women’s empowerment.

An increasing number of women’s voices in the Mediterranean and Africa is rising against mounting gender-based violence in the name of radical Islam and the instrumentalization of religion to exacerbate Islamophobia and attain power. These voices range from academics, to activists, and policy-makers, and suggest new ways of looking at the concepts of Mediterranean and African “women’s rights”, “Islamic feminisms”, Muslim African feminisms, and “resistance, as well as exploring theoretical and methodological tools.  Trough feminist discourses, activisms, and movements, the voices are denouncing biases, asking for justice, reclaiming rights in public spaces, and reconciling older and newer generations of feminists in the Mediterranean and Africa.

In retrospective, women in the Mediterranean and Africa have always been sensitive to radicalized discourses as they are often used as scapegoats in such discourses. Although the two regions are seen as distinct spaces, women in them are increasingly facing the same ordeal. The Forum is multi-disciplinary and seeks to develop innovative and insightful ways of unpacking and accounting for these resistances.

The themes and topics of the international conference include:

  • The Contextualisation of Extremisms and Women’s Resistances
  • Radicalized Ideologies in the Maghrib
  • Radicalized Ideologies in Africa
  • Islam and feminism/Islamic Feminisms – Strategies of Resistance

View the program ProgramForum8 2017

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