African Muslim Women and the Global Feminist Movement: Rethinking the Empowerment Paradigm

Professor Pearl T. Robinson, Tufts University, will deliver the Annual James S. Coleman Memorial Lecture.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
University of California, Los Angeles
Young Research Library Conference Center
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The global feminist movement owes its reach and vibrancy to the critique of Western hegemony leveled by Third World women at the 1975 International Women's Conference in Mexico City.  In recent years, vocal constituencies of Muslim women in Mali and Niger have taken to the streets to protest their exclusion from campaigns to reform Islamic family law.  Understanding what these two counter-mobilizations have in common opens up a discussion about inclusive feminism and its contributions to peace.

Pearl T. Robinson is an Associate Professor of Comparative, African, and African American Politics at Tufts University. Robinson is the author of over 40 articles and book chapters on African and African American politics. She is co-author of Stabilizing Nigeria: Sanctions, Incentives, and Support for Civil Society (The Century Foundation Press) and co-editor and co-author of Transformation and Resiliency in Africa (Howard University Press).

 A reception will follow where Senegalese food will be served. 


Cost : Free and Open to the Public

For more information please contact:

UCLA James S. Coleman African Studies CenterTel: (310) 825-3686

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Department of Gender Studies, Center for the Study of Women.