2019-20 Events

When: Monday, February 24, 2020; 8:45am – 6:00pm

Where: University of Ottawa, FSS 4007

Event Schedule Available Here!

Speaker Bios Available Here!

This conference brought together around 30 Middle East and North Africa human rights and democracy defenders. Panels included participants from the public sector, academia, civil society and activist communities in Canada and covered topics such as the political and human rights in the Middle East, socio-political mobilization initiatives and community organizing.

Panel Information 

Morning Sessions: 

  • An Assessment of the Political Situation in MENA
  • Forming the Narrative on the Human Rights Situation in MENA and the Role of the Diaspora

Afternoon Sessions:

  • Understanding the role of the International Actors and International Policies towards Human Rights and Democracy Defenders
  • The Impact of Diaspora advocacy on International actors decisions

This event was organized by the Joint Chair in Women’s Studies, University of Ottawa and Carleton University in partnership with the Zajel Institute for Justice and Liberty, and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC)