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Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures - Scholars Database
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2007 Reebok Human Rights Award - call for nominations (deadline May 31, 2006)
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Human Rights Education and Research Network: Conferences and Calls for Papers
Announcements for 2004 | Announcements for 2005

Finnish NGO Committee for UN World Conference on Women, 2005
Fifth World Conference on Women, 2005

Laval University, Quebec, Canada
Fourth International GEPANC Conference: Dialogue of Civilisations. The Islamic World and the West
May 6-8, 2005

Center for Victims of Torture, Helsinki Citizens' Assembly, and Public Administration Institute for Turkey and the Middle East
New Tactics in Human Rights- International Symposium
Ankara, September 29 – October 2, 2004

Georgia Institute of Technology
Human Rights in Crisis- Call for Papers
Proposals due Sept. 25, 2004

University of Connecticut
Human Rights in an Age of Terrorism -Inaugural Conference
Sept. 9-11, 2004

International Institute of Humanitarian Law
28th Roundtable on Current Problems of International Humanitarian Law
Sept. 2-4, 2004

International Human Rights Commission
World Conference on Human Rights and Peace 2004

Women's Human Rights Network Launches New Web Resource on Fundamentalisms

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), Press Release:
No to War, No to Tyranny, There is Another Human Alternative

Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC) Scholars Database

EWIC is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, transhistorical encyclopedia, focusing on women and Islamic cultures. Lead by a distinguished team of editors (Suad Joseph, General Editor; Afsaneh Najmabadi, Julie Peteet, Seteney Shami, Jacqueline Siapno, and Jane Smith Associate Editors; and Alice Horner, Assistant Editor) EWIC is the first such encyclopedia. Six volumes (4,000,000 words) of EWIC are scheduled to be published (Leiden: Brill). Volume I (Methodologies, Paradigms and Sources) was published in 2003 and Volume II (Family, Law and Politics) was published in 2005. Volume III (Family, Body, Sexuality and Health) will appear at the beginning of 2006. Volumes IV (Economics, Education, Mobility, and Space) will appear in 2006 and, V (Practices, Interpretations, and Representations) and VI (Supplement and Index) will appear in 2007.

We have received a grant from the International Development Research Center to build upon our existing database and create the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC) Scholars Database for publication as an online resource for free public access. The EWIC Scholars Database is an invaluable listing (we believe the largest) of over 3,000 scholars from all over the world and from all disciplines whose work focuses on women, gender, and Islamic cultures from a broad culturally-based rather than theologically-based perspective. The EWIC Scholars Database includes scholars who work on issues of economy, politics, popular culture, health, family systems, law, demography, arts, literature -- the full span of issues relevant to women in cultures in which Islam is significantly represented. The EWIC Scholars Database welcomes the participation of scholars and graduate students from all disciplines, and from all regions of the world, and all areas of research relevant to women in Muslim majority societies and to Muslim women in Muslim minority societies. As a free publication, this searchable database will connect scholars, students, planners, and activists with each other and with NGO’s, governmental agencies, and potential employers seeking researchers whose work specifically covers issues on women and gender related to Islamic cultures. The online database will be published online by June 2006, at

The online database will be updated periodically. It will continue to be used for author solicitation for print and online volumes of EWIC. We would like to reach as many scholars as possible, especially graduate students, who may wish to contribute to EWIC or to be included in the online database. We often receive requests from scholars, foundations, and agencies to connect them with specialists on women and Islamic cultures. The publication of the EWIC Scholars Database online for free access, will make this invaluable resource available to all those interested in our fields of work. Please visit our website which includes a link to our scholars template. We look forward to receiving your response and hope you will assist us in this important project of information sharing and network building.

Suad Joseph
General Editor, Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures
Director, Middle East/South Asia Studies Program
University of California, Davis


Women's Human Rights Network Special Announcement--November 27, 2003
WHRNet Launches a New Web Resource on Fundamentalisms!

WHRNet Special Announcement--November 27, 2003

A Global Link to Women's Human Rights Analysis, Views, News and Advocacy

WHRNet Launches a New Web Resource on Fundamentalisms!

A joint initiative of the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) and Rights and Democracy, Fundamentalisms- a Web Resource for Women's Human Rights, focuses on the identifying and exposing the international dynamics of fundamentalisms. This resource highlights the impact of fundamentalisms on women in particular, identifies trends and strategies to counteract them, and shares comprehensive, cross-regional information and analysis to promote a greater understanding of fundamentalisms.

In November 2002, WLUML convened a major international meeting on the "Warning Signs of Fundamentalisms" which helped to expose the generic features of fundamentalisms and to further strengthen analysis and resistance. It was identified that the key to understanding and counteracting fundamentalisms lies in the ability to pool information and to create strategies across countries as well as across communities. During the meeting, a number of participants expressed interest in working on building a web resource and to continue the process of information and strategy sharing. The result is this WHRNet web-resource.

The Fundamentalisms web resource consists of the following sections and features:

*Comprehensive and regularly updated thematic overviews addressing the impact of fundamentalisms on areas such of women's health and sexuality, education, employment, political participation and leadership, and so on.

*A guide to relevant human rights forums and mechanisms -- e.g. UN Human Rights Commission and Commission on the Status of Women, special rapporteurs, working groups, and treaty bodies -- and how these might be used to improve women's human rights in contexts of rising fundamentalisms.

*Regular opinion pieces and interviews from women taking the lead in advancing and protecting women's human rights in situations where fundamentalisms undermine them.

*News, recent events, and information on action alerts from regionally diverse perspectives.

*Extensive links to relevant organizations, resources and articles.

*An online research tool specific to the fundamentalisms theme.

For more information please visit the WHRnet site at


No to War, No to Tyranny, There is Another Human Alternative
Recommendations by the civil society to the Arab summit on the Iraqi question

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The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) is pleased to announce the completion and extensive endorsement of ‘Recommendations by the Civil Society to the Arab Summit on the Iraqi Question’ that is prepared to be submitted to the Arab leaders in their next Summit. The document will also be widely disseminated to the Arab and international public. The aim of this document is to present a set of concise suggestions and demands that are reasonable, realistic, and achievable through the powerful resolve invoked in its endorsement as a declaration of action. These recommendations, initiated by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and undersigned by prominent dignitaries, human rights leaders, political activists, and major Arab NGOs, declaring the complete and total opposition to a U.S.–led military invasion of Iraq. On the premise of its opposition to war the document presents a body of considerations identified as impediments to the maximum fulfillment of realizing this opposition. These impediments concern the need for reform in the Iraq as a broader and intricately related issue that must be addressed for its own sake and on its own terms. The core of these recommendations for the Arab League is to host a meeting that gather Iraqis whether inside or outside the ruling elite, or from within or outside the country that initiate a process of both national reconciliation and free and fair elections. The envisaged elections would proceed under the direct supervision of the UN and with the participation of the Arab League and the European Union.

The document expresses the readiness of the Arab civil society organizations to draft the working paper for the proposed meeting and to undertake an active role in preparing and conducting the meeting.


Bahey El Din Hassan
CIHRS Director

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
9 Rustom St, Garden- City , Cairo, Egypt
P.O. Box : 117 Maglis El-Shaab- Cairo , Egypt
Phone: 202 7951112, 202 7946065
Fax:202 7921913
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