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Hoda Elsadda to Speak on "Women in the Arab World," Nov. 4

Hoda Elsadda, professor of English literature at Cairo University and visiting World Fellow at Yale will speak on "Women in the Arab World" on Tuesday, November 04, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 128. The talk is sponsored by the Yale Middle East Law Forum and is free and open to the public.

As co-editor of Hagar, one of the most influential Arabic publications dealing with gender issues, Elsadda works to change policies and attitudes related to gender throughout the Arab World. Elsadda was a driving force behind Egypt's 1994 Equality Before the Law Project, aimed at modifying the Egyptian marriage contract to safeguard the legal rights of women. She also led the 1995 Stereotypes of Arab Women in the Media Project, which challenged negative stereotypes of women in the Arab media. Elsadda is the founder of the Woman and Memory Forum, an independent research center that provides "alternative cultural information" on the roles women have played in Arab history. She is also the author of numerous books and articles that focus on women's issues and on comparative literature.