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session of CSW
Date of publication: 10/03/2014
 Parallel event for the NGO CSW Forum 2014

Co-sponsors: Mission of Iraq, Karama, CRTD & NGO CSW Forum 2014
The MDGs, Post-2015 and Beijing+ 20
Regional perspectives: Arab States
“A NGO & Government Dialogue”

13 March, 2014
6:15 -7:30 pm
Church Center – Chapel (1st floor)
777 UN Plaza (44th and First Ave)

Speakers :
• H. E. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim of Iraq,
• Lakshmi Puri, USG, UN Women,
• Hoda Badran, Alliance of Arab Women,
• Lina Abou Habib , CRTD (invited),
• Fatima Outaleb, Union de l’Action Feminine in Morocco,
• Ghida Anani, ABAAD Resource Center for Gender Equality.

Moderated by Samira Atallah, Director, ESCWA Centre for Women, Beirut.
Description: This panel will be a dialogue between governments and NGOs related to a review of the MDGs, Post-2015 development agenda and Beijing + 20. Panelists will give short 5 minutes introductory remarks followed by questions/answers.
H.E. Mohamed Ali Alhakim is the Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations. Before his appointment, Mr. Alhakim was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations Office in Geneva, representing his country at the Human Rights Council, World Trade Organization (WTO), World Health Organization (WHO), Conference on Disarmament and other bodies. Earlier, in 2003, he represented his delegation at a number of international conferences, including the Arab League Heads of State Summits. Born in July 1952, Mr. Alhakim holds a doctorate degree in management of engineering and telecommunications, a master’s degree in computer information technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and statistics

Lakshmi Puri is Assistant Secretary-General of the UN and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women. Prior to this, she held numerous UN posts in the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small island Developing States, UN Conference on Trade and Development, and with the Indian Foreign Service. She was also an Ambassador to Hungary and worked with the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Indian peacekeeping contingent, the largest in the Balkans. She holds a BA from Delhi University in history, and a postgraduate degree from Punjab U.

Hoda Badran is the Chairperson of the Egyptian Feminist Union and the Alliance for Arab Women. Dr. Badran has worked with UNICEF as Regional Advisor for Children and Women’s Programmes in the Arab World, First Secretary-General of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood in Egypt, First President and two terms on the Committee on the Rights of the Child at the United Nations, and Regional Coordinator for NGO preparation for the NGO Forum on Women at Beijing ‘95. A professor of social welfare, Dr. Badran received the Distinguished UN representative Award from the government of Sri Lanka in 1982 and the UNESCO Award for Distinguished Women in 1995.

Lina Abou-Habib is Executive Director of the Collective for Research and Training on Development–Action, an organization that works in Lebanon and the Arab region on gender and citizenship, gender and economic rights, and women's leadership and public participation. Abu-Habib advises the Women Learning Partnership on global programme development in women’s leadership, political participation and economic rights. She is the regional coordinator of the Equality without Reservation Coalition and has collaborated with a number of regional and international agencies, as well as public institutions, in mainstreaming gender in development policies and practices and in building capacities for gender mainstreaming. Abou-Habib served on the boards of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) from 2008 to 2012 in her capacity as Treasurer and President. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Gender and Development journal and serves as a MENA advisor for the Global Fund for Women.

Fatima Outaleb is the Director of the Union de l’Action Feminine’s women’s shelter in Morocco. An active women’s rights advocate and defender, Ms. Outaleb is working with WILPF on its women, peace, and security program. She recently worked with SIPU, a local Moroccan partner for the implementation of a regional training program on gender equality and with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems as a local adviser for women’s status in Morocco and for the SWEMENA project, which provides tools for local NGOs to develop policy recommendations on women’s rights. Ms. Outaleb has worked as a consultant on gender equality and a trainer on gender and human rights instruments, namely CEDAW and the UPR. She has lobbied political parties successfully for voluntary electoral quotas for women and was deeply involved in the Feminist Spring for Democracy movement that won constitutional reforms guaranteeing gender equality. She has a B.A. in English literature and a diploma in women’s rights from Raoul Wallenberg Institute.

Ghida Anani is a professor at MUBS and an assistant professor at the Faculty of Public Health in the Lebanese University. She was a Co-founder and Program Coordinator at KAFA (enough) Violence and Exploitation and a Gender-Based Violence Consultant. Prior to her work with KAFA, Ms. Anani worked as a medical and social worker at the Lebanese Council to Resist Violence against Women (LECORVAW). She was a guest speaker at the UNSG press conference on the occasion of the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women in 2009, and has conducted much training on women’s rights and GBV, family violence and child abuse in addition to a number of published studies and articles, training kits and community educational materials In 2008, Ms. Anani received the Excellence in Collaborative Teaching Award from the American University of Beirut. In June 2011, Ms. Anani founded and is managing a new organization called ABAAD (Dimensions)-Resource Center for Gender Equality covering the MENA region.

Samira Atallah is the director of the ESCWA Centre for Women. Previously, she was a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Advanced Social Science Research & a Senior Advisor, Regional Collaborative Seminars, at NYU Abu Dhabi Institute. Ms Atallah was the Regional Programme Coordinator at the Division for Arab States, Europe, and Central Asia of the United Nations Fund for Population. Prior to that she held various positions in the US and the Middle East, including as an assistant professor at the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department of Zayed University in the UAE, Director of Research on Development and Public Policy and Executive Director at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies in Beirut. She completed her undergraduate education at the Lebanese American University and Harvard University and her graduate studies at Boston University, where she earned an MA in International Relations and a PhD in Political Economy and Development
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