Wednesday, May 27, 2015

International Forum: The Escalation of Violence Against Women in the Middle East and North Africa

This important forum takes place in Fez from the 29th of May to the 31st at the Palais des Congrès, Fez, Morocco 


The seventh edition of the Mediterranean Women Forum is open to everyone and with a special welcome to those who are visiting Fez for the Fes Festival.

While the post-Arab Spring turmoil is affecting men, women, and children, specific types of violence systematically target women and girls. The post-Arab Spring‘s initial backlash on women’s rights is not only gathering momentum everyday, but it is developing into unprecedented new types of violence against women with the mounting tide of Jihadism.

The new forms of violence range from the imposition of the niqab (total veiling), the ban of women from public unless they are accompanied by a male member of the family, a return of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) for women between the ages of 11 and 46, stoning to death of (supposedly) adulterous women, assassination of female activists, Jihad al-Nikah (brainwashed women offering sex in support of the Jihadists), and enslavement (buying/selling of women and girls). These new forms of violence are indirectly sanctioning the already familiar types such as moralisation incriminating women for any social crisis, domestic battering, increased sexual harassment, forced marriage, and (gang) rape.

The seventh edition of the Mediterranean Women Forum aims at documenting and unveiling these new types of violence, linking them to the familiar types, understanding their social, economic and political ramifications, digging out their surface and deeper underpinnings especially in relation to Jihadism, and proposing strategies to alleviate and gradually stop them.

Languages of the Forum: Arabic, French, English (simultaneous translation provided)

Contacts: Prof. Dr. Fatima Sadiqi (ISIS), Academic Director
Ms Abir Ibourk (KAS), Logistics Director

A full programme is available in PDF form. If you would like a copy please email with "Forum PDF" in the subject line

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