S&D Euro MPs address women's empowerment in the Arab World

Seminar on Women's Empowerment in the Arab World

S&D Euro MPs will welcome members of the 'Threshold of the desert' project to raise awareness on the empowerment of women in the Arab world during a seminar to be held Wednesday 2 October in the European Parliament in Brussels.

S&D Group vice-president Corina Creţu and S&D Euro MP and president of PES Women Zita Gurmai will host the meeting which will bring together representatives from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank and Anna Lindh Foundation.

This seminar will also showcase the film 'The Threshold of the Desert' which was selected at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The acclaimed 18-minute documentary, which will be presented by its director Ramon Vila, explores issues relating to social change in the rural areas of the Arab world.

Post-Arab Spring, more attention has been placed on social issues in relation to rights and equality. This seminar will offer the opportunity to enhance understanding of the dynamic role of women in Islamic society. In addition, it will provide a platform to explore in detail the challenges and possible solutions to improve the situation for women in the Arab world.

The seminar will take place Wednesday 2 October 2013, 15:00-18:30, ASP building, room A3G3, European Parliament.

The full programme is available here: http://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/events/sd-international-seminar-womens-empowerment-arab-world