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Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Women’s Touch In The Arab Spring: The Struggle of Jordanian Women for Equality in Citizenship

Presenter:
Beata Kowalska, Prof. of Sociology
Presenter Affiliation:
Jagiellonian University, Poland
Location:
207 UB Commons
Campus:
North Campus
Date:
3/27/2014
Time:
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Sponsor:
The Gender Institute
Contact:
Becky Burke at 645-5200 (rburke2@buffalo.edu)
Web site:
http://genderin.buffalo.edu/fra.shtml
The speaker, Beata Kowalska, is on the Sociology Faculty at Jagiellonian University, Poland. She is also a Fulbright Senior Fellow at the New School for Social Research, New York, 2014

The Arab Spring has opened new channels for expressing political demands. Under the liberal surface covered by the international media, a number of political struggles of different citizens' groups are hidden. The women's groups are often the main actor backstage.
The main subject of this talk is the new grassroots groups which started their own struggle at the beginning of Arab Spring, the Jordanian mothers struggling for equality in the citizenship law.
Motherhood is an inspiration for their political activity that challenges authoritarian government and exclusion politics. It allows women to enter public areas reserved for men and transform the political domain.