Why the Maghreb Differs from the Middle East in Women’s Rights

For decades it seemed that women’s representation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) had permanently fallen behind other world regions. Today the picture is rapidly changing in Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. Dr. Aili Mari Tripp will present findings of her research on legislative and constitutional reforms on women’s rights that have taken place in Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. Dr. Tripp’s presentation will consider what accounts for the changes that have taken place in the Maghreb and how the reforms on women’s rights have evolved at a pace not seen in the Middle East.

Presenter: Dr. Aili Mari Tripp, Professor of Political Science and Evjue Bascom Professorship in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Discussant: Christie Arendt, PhD candidate, George Washington University “Enhancing Women's Political Participation: Lessons Learned for Policymakers”

Moderator: Dr. Aisling Swaine, Director of Center for Gender Equality in International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs