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UWE Bristol support women’s rights in Egypt

 

UWE academics from Bristol Business School are using their skills in understanding and analysing group dynamics to support women striving together for women’s rights in Egypt following the ‘Arab Spring’.

Working with the international organisation, Peace Women Across the Globe (PWAG), Dr Nadine Riad Tchelebi (Bristol Business School), is taking part in the first initiative in Egyptian history to create a dialogue forum which brings together a broad range of women’s groups across the country.

This initiative comes in the wake of recent political upheavals in the Middle East which have presented opportunities for political reform and women’s participation.

Dr Tchelebi attended a successful initial event by PWAG held in Alexandria, Egypt, in November 2012 at which she advised the organisers on group dynamics with further input from Dr Peter Simpson (Bristol Business School).

 

In March 2014, Dr Tchelebi will return to Luxor in the South of Egypt to support the next stage of dialogue organised by PWAG with groups from different regions of the country.

The overall aim of the project is to create an overarching women’s network that is working for women’s rights in Egypt that brings together existing women’s groups and their leaders. To do this requires the participation and cooperation of a wide range of groups.

The women’s groups represented in the forum come from a very wide spectrum of interests and beliefs in Egyptian society and the dialogue events aim to bring them together so they have a stronger combined voice to pursue women’s rights in Egypt.

PeaceWomen Across the Globe is a Swiss-based women’s rights and peace building organisation and a global network which works with women around the world to support them in working for peace, social justice and a secure future applying a wide range of approaches and methods.

Tanja Mirabile of PWAG said, "Nadine’s support is very important for us to understand the conditions for effective dialogue facilitation of different women’s groups that are very fragmented. Understanding group dynamics in such a difficult political setting is crucial for the outcome of a dialogue and the group being capable of working together.”