A presentation on the status of women in post conflict Iraq, will be held Tuesday, June 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Anderson Center, Room 304, of Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104.
Has the promise of “democracy” carried by the United States in 2003, made any noticeable difference in the lives of the women of Iraq?
Does the new Constitution’s requirement that 25 percent of parliament members be female make a difference in women’s voices being heard in government?
These and other questions will be addressed by hostess and presenter Leila DeVriese, PhD, Professor of Global Studies and director of Middle East Studies at Hamline University. Allami will speak on what, if anything has changed since the time of Saddam Hussein
Allami is a prominent Iraqi women’s rights leader and attorney. A graduate of Baghdad University School of Law in 1992, she has practiced in Iraqi family courts for 17 years.
Allami is a founder and Chair of the first legal clinic in Iraq (Women for Progress Center) in Sadr City which deals closely with victims of GBV and children, and provides them legal assistance and socio-psycho treatments. She spent a year as a Humphrey Institute Fulbright Fellow in 2010, and now works in conjunction with a United Nations program offering protection centers to families experiencing domestic violence which crosses all sectarian, educational and economic lines.
Smart, warm, knowledgeable and curious, organizers Women Against Military Madness says the community will enjoy listening and talking with Suaad. Light refreshments will be provided.
Based in the Sister Cities of Minneapolis, USA and Najaf, Iraq,
the Iraq and America Reconciliation Project (IARP) supports reconciliation between the people of Iraq and America. It works to create bridges of communication, understanding and support between Americans and Iraqis through the arts, education, cultural and professional exchange. It also works to build support for peacemakers in Iraq, and water and sanitation projects.
Find out more at http://reconciliationproject.org. This speaking event is co-sponsored by Women Against Military Madness (WAMM).