[pressmelding] Tre høyt profilerte kvinnerettighetsaktivister fra Midt-Østen kommer til Oslo og er trekkplaster på den første årskonferansen Oslo Women's Rights Initiative.

  • Norwegian Civil Society Leaders Join Forces to Support Women’s Rights Advocates from the Middle East

In partnership with the Nobel Peace Center and Civita, the Oslo Women’s Rights Initiative is holding its first annual event at the Nobel Peace Center on Thursday March 22. The two-hour event begins at 18.00 and is free & open to everyone.

Women in Charge: a new perspective on the Middle East through the lens of women’s rights leaders” is bringing together three prominent women’s rights advocates who will share their personal experiences in individual talks and participate in a panel discussion moderated by Liv Tørres, the Director of the Nobel Peace Center.

  • The women experts are Nargess Tavassolian (Iran), Asma Khalifa (Libya), and Afaf Jabiri (Jordan).

Meet Nargess Tavassolian, Asma Khalifa and Afaf Jabiri at Nobel Peace Center.

The Oslo Women’s Rights Initiative is an alliance of individuals and groups who believe that supporting women’s rights activists from countries with extreme gender equality issues is the most effective way to build lasting, sustainable change in the world. The initiative is building a solidarity network of prominent women activists from around the world and will give them the opportunity to connect & coordinate their efforts together for social change and peace-building. In its first year, the initiative’s focus is on women advocates from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, and Libya. Although the women from these countries share many similarities in their struggle, they have not had many opportunities to collaborate. And an ideal place in the world to do so is Norway - the country that leads the world in women’s rights and gender equality.

 Following the public event at the Nobel Peace Center, twelve women’s rights advocates from the network will gather in Oslo for a two-day workshop hosted by Ingrid Stange, founder of Partnership for Change. The workshop will allow the women to meet & explore synergies, discuss the issues affecting them, and build collaborative projects.

 The Oslo Women’s Rights Initiative believes in the massive potential of the women in its network. What they lack are the tools and support needed to take their work to the next level. The support of Norwegian civil society leaders will help take the work of the women’s rights advocates to the next level and strengthen their impact on the world stage. 

 The Oslo Women’s Rights Initiative was founded by human rights activist Maryam Nayeb Yazdi, an Iranian-Canadian human rights activist, and is sponsored by Norwegian organizations, including Fritt Ord and the Grieg Foundation.

Media is welcome to cover the event at the Nobel Peace Center, in addition to conducting individual interviews with the speakers and workshop participants - including Nargess Tavassolian, Asma Khalifa, Afaf Jabiri, Azadeh Pourzand, Hana al-Khamri, Shahrazad Magrabi, Asieh Amini, Rasha Awale, Elham Manea, and more. Maryam Nayeb Yazdi is also available for interviews. Individual interviews will take place at the Nobel Peace Center between 14:00 and 16:00 on Thursday 22 March.

Please contact

  • Ingvill Bryn Rambøl | | +47 924 52 944 
  • Maryam Nayeb Yazdi | | +4741219688