Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Women of the Arab Spring

“The Women of the Arab Spring” will be the topic of a presentation by Ventura County resident Ferial Masry on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 from 7pm-8:30pm, at the Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

Among the most dramatic developments of the Arab Spring has been the key role of women in organizing and leading various movements. They have shattered traditional stereotypes and forged new identities in the process. We are pleased to begin our three-part series on “Understanding the Arab Spring” with a presentation on “The Women of the Arab Spring, “ by Ferial Masry.

Ms. Masry has visited the Middle East five times in the last two years, most recently in the summer of 2011. She was able to speak with government officials, women, university professors and students about the recent events and the role of women in them. Her presentation will be illustrated with dramatic photos highlighting the role that women are playing in this historic moment.

Born in Saudi Arabia and educated in Egypt, England, and the United States, Ms. Masry is the chair of the recently established American-Middle Eastern Women’s Leadership Coalition, whose goals include combating stereotypes and helping to empower women in the United States and the greater Middle East. A teacher of American Government and History at Cleveland High School in Los Angeles, she is also the author of the book, Running for All the Right Reasons. As a candidate for the 37th Assembly District of California, her campaigns drew national and international attention and she was featured as “Person of the Week” on ABC Nightly News.
A question and answer period will follow the presentation which is free and open to the public. Donations will be gratefully accepted to help us continue these programs.
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For further Information, contact: Ferial Masry 805-300-7226
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