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Islamic Feminism and Beyond: The New Frontier (Fall 2010)

     Haleh Esfandiari, Director, Middle East Program
     Margot Badran, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center

"Feminist Activism for Change in Family Laws and Practices: Lessons from the Egyptian Past for the Global Present"
     Margot Badran, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; Senior Fellow, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, Georgetown University

Middle Eastern Women on the Move

Haleh Esfandiari

Women, Information Technology, and Human Development
Mahnaz Afkhami

Zanan: Trials and Successes of a Feminist Magazine in Iran
Roza Eftekhari

The Art of Female Publishing
Mansoureh Ettehadieh

Is Reformist Politics Good for Iranian Women?
Farideh Farhi

From Program to Practice:Towards Women’s Meaningful and Effective Political Participation in Jordan and Lebanon
Laurie King-Irani

Art Exhibit: "The Business of Sustainable Development--An African Forest Tale"

You are cordially invited to a special exhibition of art by Senegalese Glass Painter Mor Gueye illustrating a children's story written by Woodrow Wilson Fellow Jesse Ribot on the disjuncture between European and local discourses in colonial and post-colonial forestry.

Art Exhibit: Southern African Art--Selections from the Cooper Gallery

A special exhibition of art from Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Namibia, featuring selections from the Cooper Gallery. The exhibit highlights the beautiful and symbolic Shona stone sculptures from Zimbabwe. Pieces represent stylized animals, gods, spirits, ancestors, and totems, as well as contemporary abstract art forms. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to experience this emerging art form.

Who Watches the Watchdog? The Pakistani Media's Impact on Politics and Society

Pakistan's independent electronic media outlets are increasingly the focus, rather than the source, of news coverage about the country. Liberalized in 2002, they are celebrated as proof of Pakistan's democratic credentials. But they are also viewed as a destabilizing force—one that spurs political instability, hijacks foreign relations, and promotes extremism. On April 11, the Wilson Center's Asia Program hosted a presentation by Wilson Center Pakistan Scholar Huma Yusuf that examined which interests Pakistan's independent media better serve: public or vested.

Japan's Declining Population: Clearly a Problem, But What's the Solution?

The four experts who spoke at an April 24 Asia Program seminar on Japan's declining population agreed that the problem was multidimensional: Japanese men continue to face the pressures of long hours at work, and are increasingly reluctant to marry; women are choosing to marry later, have less children, or not marry at all; the government has rejected immigration as a solution to replenish a declining population; and official policy is instead looking to technology, mainly in the form of humanoid robots, to resolve the declining population problem.