Empowerment on Trial: Encountering Emirati Women’s Voices


Empowerment on Trial: Encountering Emirati Women’s Voices

WHEN Thursday, March 29, 2018
6:30-8pm WHERE NYUAD Campus, Conference Center WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
Open to the Public

For a long time, Emirati women were mainly associated with the concealed space of the domestic household and considered as the guardians and transmitters of Emirati tradition and religious values. During the last years, however, Emirati women figure more prominently on the public stage – not least due to a variety of state-sponsored programs aiming at the empowerment of women, particularly in the domain of education, political representation and economic performance. In this context, the term women leadership looms largely in public and governmental discourses highlighting the success that Emirati women meanwhile have achieved by venturing into a great variety of occupations, ranging from business women and politicians, to fighter pilots, athletes, and offshore engineers. The panel discussion aims at alleviating this gap by bringing together three distinguished Emirati women who will address the theme of women’s empowerment from the perspective of their individual specializations and experiences.

Rana Al Mutawa, PhD Candidate in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford
Mona Al Ali, Senior Researcher, UAE Ministry of Defence
Maitha Al Khayat, Writer & Illustrator, Individuals

Moderated by
Laila Prager, Senior Humanities Research Fellow, NYUAD

Hosted by
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

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