Invitation Only Research Event

Changing and Contesting Gender Norms in the Gulf

1 May 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Chatham House, London


Sumayah Fatani, Independent Researcher
Dina Hussein, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Fatma Al Arimi, Independent Journalist
Chair: Jane Kinninmont, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



Gender norms in the Gulf are being changed and challenged by generational and societal change, including the effects of a major expansion of education for women and by policy changes, often driven by economic imperatives. To what extent is there consensus among women on some of these issues? How are women’s activists navigating the various types of resistance? And how does the push for women’s equality intersect with other social inequalities and faultlines, including class, religious and political identities? The discussion will also assess the opportunities and obstacles for international policyholders and civil society groups who are seeking to promote women’s equality in the Gulf context.

The event will be followed by a reception. 

Attendance at this event is by invitation only. 

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

Event contact

Reni Zhelyazkova

Programme Administrator, Middle East and North Africa Programme
+44 (0)20 7314 3624