Women Making Democracy Resource Page

Women Making Democracy March 29-30 2012

March 29th-30th 2012 the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard will convene a conference titled "Women Making Democracy.The conference is free; pre-registration is required

Below are resources organized around the conference panel themes and speakers.  They are aggregated from a wide variety of sources and are merely a snapshot of these important topics. 


“Public Places, Alternative Spaces”
This discussion will illuminate the ways that women’s presence has democratized uses of space. It will also question the connection between revolution and the street by exploring virtual spaces such as the blogosphere and women’s hidden activism in crevices of the city, where every space may be reenvisioned for its mobilizing potential. 

What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq
Nadje Al-Ali, Nicola Pratt
Co-authored by panel presenter Nadje Al-Ali following the U.S. invasion, this book explores the political lives of women in the "new Iraq." 

Graffiti, Street Art and Political Protest
This resource page was developed in connection with the Outreach Center's fall webinar.  Many of these resources highlight ways in which street art explores the relationships between public space, private space, art, and political engagement. 

The Arab Revolution Takes Back the Public Space
Nasser Rabbat of MIT discusses the role of public space in the Arab Spring.

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran
Explore the lives of women during the Qajar era (1796-1925) through a wide array of materials from private family holdings and participating institutions.

“Women, Rights, and Power”
Given that demands for democratization are typically framed in universalistic language, this panel will consider ways in which women take important roles in making demands for democratization or for participation in newly democratic governments. It will also examine how gender-specific issues become a central component of demands on newly democratized governments.

Nobel page for Tawakkol Karman
As co-Recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Tawakkol Karman became the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman, and the second Muslim woman to win a Nobel Prize.  Prize motivation: "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work."

“Representing Women: Culture, Religion, and Revolution
This discussion presents a dialogue among activists, scholars, and cultural analysts. They will reflect on cultural practices and iconic representations of women as they play out in democratizing movements, with a particular interest in the place of religion in democratic politics.

American Academy of Religions Guidelines for Teaching About Religion in K-12 Public Schools in the United States
This resource document presents frameworks and approaches for consitutionally sound and pedagogically rich ways to explore the intersections between religion, politics and public life throughout history and current events.

A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America Leila Ahmed
The latest book by Harvard faculty member and renowned scholar Leila Ahmed, A Quiet Revolution follows the author's exploration of newly emerging intersections between religion, culture, activism, and gender.   Availble from CMES Outreach Lending Library

Women and Gender in Islam Leila Ahmed
A seminal work, Leila Ahmed's Women and Gender in Islam explores the role of women in the history of Islam, beginning with the time of Muhammad and continueing to modern political and social contexts.   Availble from CMES Outreach Lending Library

Other Resources

"The Role of Women," Lisa Taraki. 
In Understanding the Contemporary Middle East Ed. Jillian Schwedler & Deborah J. Gerner
Includes sections on The Modern Nation State, Economic Activity, Family and Kinship, Values and Norms, and Politics.  Availble from CMES Outreach Lending Library

A Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan Woman's Journey Toward Independence Leila Abouzeid
In this moving fictional treatment of a Muslim woman's life, a personal and family crisis impells the heroine to reexamine traditional cultural attitudes toward women.  Availble from CMES Outreach Lending Library

Encyclopedia of Arab Women Film Makers  Rebecca Hillauer
Availble from CMES Outreach Lending Library