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MENA Mondays. Graduate Student Colloquium. Speaker: Magda Boutros, Sociology

When: Monday, November 3, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Where: University Hall, Hagstrum Room, 201, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: free

Contact: Lexy Gore   (847) 467-5309

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Respondent: Matthew Brauer, Dept of French and Italian

"Combating Sexual Violence in Cairo's Streets: On-the-ground Strategies of Action"

In 2012, groups of citizens started organizing intervention teams to combat the rising rates and increasing brutality of sexual assault against women in public places. The groups formed as the police failed to provide women with protection against sexual violence, particularly during large public gatherings such as political demonstrations and Eid celebrations. This talk presents preliminary findings from fieldwork conducted in Cairo this summer with five anti-harassment intervention groups. I will examine the ways in which the groups navigated their relationship with the police.

About the Speaker: Magda Boutros is a PhD student in sociology at Northwestern University. She has an undergraduate degree in English and French Law and a Masters in Criminology. She worked in Cairo between 2008 and 2013 in human rights organizations.


Lunch served.

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