Working Towards Empowerment: Sahrawi Women and Human Rights in the Western Sahara Conflict

24 Mar 2015


Tuesday March 24th at 6:45pm Dr. Tara Deubel, of the University of South Florida, will speak about her field research in Algeria, Morocco and the Western Sahara from 2006-2009. Deubel's talk will highlight the central role of Sahrawi women in the social and political life of the refugee camps and the ongoing struggle for self-determination in the Western Sahara. Since the onset of the conflict, women have emerged as key leaders in the camps and the Western Sahara independence movement with the work of activists such as Aminetou Haidar, recipient of the 2008 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. Duebel examines salient discourses of nationalism, women's empowerment and human rights in promoting Sahrawi women in public life. She also questions the extent to which empowerment is possible under present conditions that constrain contemporary Sahrawi communities living on both sides of the protracted conflict.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 6:45pm to 8:45pm
Susquehanna Room, Hadley Union Building, Indiana University of Pennsylvania