Keynote Speeches at ICGP’17

ICGP’17 presents outstanding and insightful keynote speeches with the potential to raise awareness and open new perspectives for researchers and practitioners on a cutting edge topic which deals with recent concerns on how women’s political rights can be sustained in an age of uncertainty, where more nations in many parts of the world seem to be rolling back hard fought democratic freedoms.

The keynote speeches will set the tone for the conference, provide the fundamental note that resonates throughout the rest of the event and also provoke or motivate participants to look across traditional borders of disciplines.

Keynote speakers

ICGP’17 proudly presents the following keynote speakers:


Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies.
University of Fez.

Fatima Sadiqi’s work focuses on women’s issues in modern North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean world. She is author and editor of numerous volumes and journal issues, including Women, Gender and Language (Brill 2003), Women’s Activism and the Public Sphere: Local/Global Linkages (Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 2006), Women and Knowledge in the Mediterranean (Routledge 2013), Moroccan Feminist Discourses (Palgrave Macmillan 2014), and Women’s Movements in the Post-“Arab Spring” North Africa (2016). Fatima Sadiqi is also a public speaker in many languages and a member of many national and international scholarly and policy-making boards.

She served as Director General of the Fez Festival of Sacred Music and an Administrative Board Member of the Royal Institute of the Amazigh Language and Culture (IRCAM). She is currently a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Her upcoming book is about Daesh ideology and women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa.

Professor Sadiqi taught at Harvard University, Pomona College, and at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She is currently a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Her upcoming book is about Daesh ideology and women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa.


Professor of Political Science.
University of Stockholm.

Drude Dahlerup graduated from University of Aarhus in Denmark. Expert on how to empower women in politics, academia and in the labour marked. She works as consultant for UN and other international organizations to countries around the world on women in politics, with focus on electoral systems and quota systems. She led the first study of the world-wide trend of adopting gender quotas, which resulted in the edited book, Women, Quotas and Politics (ed., Routledge 2006).

Among her newest work is the book Breaking Male Dominance in Old Democracies (with Monique Leyenaar, Oxford University Press, 2013). She was 2012-15 member of the Global Civil Society Advisory Group to the executive director of UN Women.

miriam cooke

Braxton Craven Distinguished Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University.

miriam cooke is has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar and Istanbul. She serves on several national and international advisory boards, including academic journals and institutions. She is editor of the Journal for Middle East Women’s Studies. Her writings have focused on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and on Arab women writers’ constructions of Islamic feminism.

She has also written about Arab cultures with a concentration on Syria, the Arab Gulf and the networked connections among Arabs and Muslims around the world. She is the author of several monographs that include War’s Other Voices: Women Writers on the Lebanese Civil War (1987), Women and the War Story (1997); Women Claim Islam (2001); Dissident Syria: Making Oppositional Arts Official (2007), Nazira Zeineddine: A Pioneer of Islamic Feminism (2010), Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in the Arab Gulf (2014) and Dancing in Damascus: Creativity, Resilience and the Syrian Revolution (2017). She has also published a novel, Hayati, My Life (2000). Several books and articles have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch and German.


University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Aili Mari Tripp is Professor of Political Science and Evjue Bascom Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tripp’s research has focused on women and politics in Africa (including North Africa), women’s movements in Africa, transnational feminism, African politics, and on the informal economy in Africa. She has been conducting a comparative study on women and legal reform in the Maghrib and held a Fulbright Fellowship in Morocco and was based at Al Akhawayn University (2015-2016). She was on leave in the Fall of 2016 with a Feminist Scholars Award from the Center for Research on Gender and Women at UW-Madison and during the Spring 2017 is a residential fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She is also coordinating a related research project on Women and Peacebuilding in Africa, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Foreign Ministry of Norway, involving research in northern Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Algeria, and Somalia.

Her most recent book is Women and Power in Post-Conflict Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2015). She is author of several award winning books, including Museveni’s Uganda: Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid Regime (2010), African Women’s Movements: Transforming Political Landscapes (2009) with Isabel Casimiro, Joy Kwesiga, and Alice Mungwa, and Women and Politics in Uganda (2000). She has co-edited (with Myra Marx Ferree and Christina Ewig) Gender, Violence, and Human Security: Critical Feminist Perspectives (2013), (with Myra Marx Ferree) Global Feminism: Transnational Women’s Activism (2006), Organizing, and Human Rights, and (with Joy Kwesiga) The Women’s Movement in Uganda: History, Challenges and Prospects (2002).