Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Shahla Haeri's The Unforgettable Queens of Islam Now Published!

Photo by Walter Crump
Dr. Shahla Haeri’s new book entitled The Unforgettable Queens of Islam: Succession, Authority, Gender was published in March 2020 by Cambridge University Press. Here is the book's announcement from the Cambridge University Press, including most positive reviews & endorsements: https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/

Shahla shared this from her new volume: "This book is about the extraordinary biographies of several Muslim women rulers and leaders who reached the apex of political systems of their times. Their stories illuminate the complex and challenging imperatives of dynastic succession, electoral competition and the stunning success they achieved in medieval Yemen and India, and modern Pakistan and Indonesia. Religious and legal justifications have been systematically invoked to justify Muslim women's banishment from politics and public domains. Yet this patriarchal domination has not gone on without serious challenges by women. The Unforgettable Queens of Islam highlights lives and legacies of a number of charismatic women engaged in fierce battles of succession, and their stories offer striking insights into the workings of political power in the Muslim world."

Congratulations to Shahla on this mega-contribution to the field!

Cambridge University Press is hosting an online reading of Shahla's new book, The Unforgettable Queens of Islam, on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 10:00AM EST. 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Roberta Micallef on winning Boston University's Prestigious Susan K. Jackson Award!

The UNESCO/UNITWIN Network joins WGS Director Cati Connell in applauding Roberta Micallef on winning Boston University’s Susan K. Jackson Award!
Photo courtesy BU
Dr. Micallef has been a long-standing contributor to the initiatives of our Network, including sharing her gender justice work on Turkish women in prisons, and women and gender perspectives from the Ottoman Empire to modern Turkey.

We can't say we're surprised: as announced on the CAS website, she "helps foster the unique and vibrant intellectual community of BU"—and beyond!

The energy Dr. Micallef invests in social justice concerns inspires us all! As former mentees attest, she has changed the lives of many.

Brava to Robreta for radiating creativity and commitment to the BU—and global!—communities, and for being such a great leader!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Longtime UNESCO/UNITWIN Affiliate, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, honored as a Member of the Governing Board of Directors for the TIME’S UP Foundation!

Photo Credit: Jason Arrol
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan is a Deputy Director for the All On The Line campaign, a project of the National Redistricting Action Fund. Please see the announcement from her original Facebook post below:

“I am pleased to publicly announce that over this past winter, I joined the Governing Board of Directors for the Time's Up Foundation (c3) and Now (c4) led by my incredible former Obama White House colleague, and now President and CEO, Tina Tchen.

TIME’S UP™ insists upon a world where everyone is safe and respected at work. A world where women have an equal shot at success and security. A world where no one lives in fear of sexual harassment or assault.

The TIME’S UP™ Foundation is the industry and impact arm of TIME’S UP. We enable more people to seek justice through the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund™. We pioneer innovative research driving toward solutions to address systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace through the TIME’S UP Impact Lab. And we support industry leaders in shifting the paradigm of workplace culture toward one of safety, equity, and dignity for women of all kinds through TIME’S UP’s industry change initiatives. The TIME’S UP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

TIME’S UP™ Now aims to create a society free of gender-based discrimination in the workplace and beyond by helping change culture, companies, and laws. We want every person — across race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, and income level — to be safe on the job and have equal opportunity for economic success and security. TIME’S UP Now is an independent, nonpartisan, and not-for-profit 501(c)(4) charitable organization.

Please check out our two websites:

Congratulations Raffi on this tremendous honor!