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Leading scholar on women and gender to speak at UIS

February 28, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – A leading scholar on global perspectives about women and gender will speak at the University of Illinois at Springfield on Wednesday, March 8, in celebration of International Women’s Day.  Dr. Zakia Salime will present “Feminization of Islamist Women and the Power of Women’s Rights” at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library at UIS.

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The program is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited and will be on a first come, first seated basis with overflow seating available.  Hosts are UIS’ Center for State Policy and Leadership and UIS’ Women’s Center. 

Dr. Salime, assistant professor of sociology at Michigan State University, East Lansing, has developed a gender lens on global socioeconomic, cultural and policy issues that focuses on women’s movements in North Africa and the Middle East.  Her numerous publications encompass the areas of women and political participation, gender and global development policies, transnational feminism, and religious movements and racism. In addition to academic journals, her writing has appeared in leading feminist book series in France, Morocco, Germany, and the U.S.

She is currently working on a book on the dialectics of women’s Islamist and feminist movements in contemporary Morocco, including how they have been shaped by neo-liberal policies, as well as the global “war on terrorism.”

As a founder of the Women’s Center for the promotion of women’s micro-businesses in Fez, Morocco, Dr. Salime took part in major United Nations conferences including the Beijing +4 conference held in New York in 1999, the UN conference on the Economic Empowerment of Women in Bangkok in 1997, and the World Summit for Women in Johannesburg in 2000.

She earned her first doctorate in sociology from the University of Toulouse Le-Mirail in France and her second doctorate, also in sociology, from UIUC. She also holds a master’s degree in women and gender in international development from UIUC.

The program is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UIS.

For more information, contact the Center for State Policy and Leadership at 206-6576.

 

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