MENA Women

From Street Protest to Online Activism


22-23 March 2018 

First Day
Thursday, March 22, 2018
9:00 am-6:00 pm
William Doo Auditorium
New College, University of Toronto, St George Campus
45 Willcocks, Toronto, ON M5S 2H3
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Second Day
Friday, March 23, 2018
9:00 am-6:00 pm
The Council Chambers
(Room 3130 William G. Davis Building)
University of Toronto, Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6
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Free - Open to the Public
Free - Open to the Public


In the last decade, and specially after Iran’s Green Movement and the Arab Uprisings, women in the Middle East and North African (MENA) have established extensive online networks of transnational advocacy as well as virtual “civil societies” in order to exchange ideas, share information, garner international grass roots support for their cause and to re-imagine and rebuild social movements in their respective countries.

By gathering leading international researchers, feminists, activists, gender rights advocates, artists, public intellectuals and media, this interdisciplinary conference will examine how MENA women are making use of the social web and explore new possibilities of mass networking, and meanwhile attend to increasing threats of surveillance and censorship.  More  

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Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto
Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga​
Women and Gender Studies Program, University of Toronto Mississauga
New College Initiatives fund (NCIF), University of Toronto
UTM Dean's Graduate Expansion Fund


Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto
Conference Chair
Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani
PhD student at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Communications Coordinator
Mariam Karim
Master of Public Health Candidate in Health Promotion at the University of Toronto
Operations Coordinator
Megan Saad
Master's Graduate from the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto
Social Media Coordinator
Khursheed Sadat
Public relations professional invested in elevating ideas creatively
Public Relations Coordinator
Skaidra Puodziunas
Third-year Student at the University of Toronto
Dahlia Habtom
Student at the University of Toronto
Krista Ferrari
2nd Year Student at the University of Toronto, Major in Criminology & Sociology
Kajaani Sivarajah





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