On Nov. 8/9, our expert Katerina Dalacoura (Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science) has presented at the Kayseri Üniversitesi and the Van Yüzüncü Yil University (Turkey) a report on gender in the Middle East and North Africa region being prepared for MENARA.

The presentation has offered a ‘map’ of the situation of women in the post-2011 MENA region, highlighting the main trends in indicators in the areas of health, fertility, education; labour participation; the legal situation of women; and participation in politics and civil society. At the same time, it has emphasised the diverse nature of issues affecting women between different societies and settings in the MENA. In the context of a discussion on gender, it has also touched on LGBT issues.

The presentation has placed this empirical information within the broader conceptual framework that seeks to overcome the imagined confrontation between the ‘East’ and ‘West’. It has traced how this framework can inform the ethical and policy complexities which surround the question of women’s rights and, increasingly, LGBT rights, in the MENA region.