These are both challenging and transformative times for women’s rights activism in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. A growing women’s protest movement is now advocating for greater autonomy and equality under the law, and thousands of Saudi women have signed a petition to end male guardianship in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi blogger and activist Hala Aldosari – who wrote the petition – will join us to discuss the family laws of Arab Gulf states and the challenges and prospects of change. She will focus on women’s legal capacity under these laws and discuss the current debates and controversies surrounding Islam, social customs, and legal reform in these countries.
Hala Aldosari is a Saudi activist and scholar of women’s social determinants of health. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington DC, where she researches gender identity in the laws and policies in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. She has worked as a medical scientist, lecturer, and consultant to the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia. She maintains women rights advocacy project online (www.aminah.org) and participates in advocacy efforts and community capacity building aimed at promoting women’s rights. Earlier this year, Aldosari was awarded Freedom House’s 2016 Freedom Award in recognition of her work to improve the rights of women in Saudi Arabia.
Lunch will be served.