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CafeLitt 217: Women Politicians in Iran and Beyond

Thu 15 Sep 2011, 19:00, by Mona Tajali, at Bistro Burritoville:3rd floor, 2055 Rue Bishop, Montreal,QC (Map)
(Language: English) 
Women's political representation, or women in political decision-making positions, is a topic that is increasingly gaining worldwide attention and emphasis. This talk will present the main arguments surrounding women's political representation, including a historical analysis of women's demands throughout history and today. This talk will ask why it is important to have female politicians, what are the reasons for women's global under-representation, and what are women's demands and how are they strategizing to increase their access to political leadership positions?
After a general discussion of the main debates concerning female politicians, I will present women's endeavors to access positions of authority in post-revolutionary Iran as a case study. This analysis will shed light onto cultural and religious hindrances that women face, their strategies for increasing women's political representation, as well as responses of male politicians in contemporary times.  

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CaféLitt is not a place; it is a gathering of minds. We are a group of mostly Persian young students, scholars and professionals who gather every Thursday evening around 19h00 in a café to discuss various subjects and share different ideas, ranging vastly from history to science, from literature to fine arts. We started these gatherings on Jan 18th, 2007. Each week, one of us takes the responsibility of presenting a topic (in Persian, English or French) for about an hour in a subject s/he is intimately familiar with or has an expertise in. Afterwards, the evening turns into a discussion forum and all members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask their question(s) and share their points of view.
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