Featured Speakers: Her Excellency Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa
Her Excellency Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, president of the United Nations General Assembly, was the featured speaker of
Her Excellency commented on several factors that have prohibited women empowerment. These factors include the lack of awareness of women’s rights within the Islamic framework and Islamic tribal traditions; the publicity given to religious movements against women’s rights; the government’s non-interference in domestic affairs, including spousal abuse; gender hierarchies and the inability of women’s involvement in land affairs, and the lack of women engaged in the science and technology fields.
In order to further women’s rights, Her Excellency said that education is the best solution. The 20th century has seen an increase in the numbers of women’s schools in the region, and she hopes to see this trend continue into the future.
Sponsor: George Washington’s Elliott School of International Affairs
Location: The Elliot School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street, NW, City View Room, 7th Floor, Washington, DC.
Date: Friday, September 7, 2007
Approximate Number of Attendees: 125
Intern Attending: Keely Foutch