Forward Global Women’s Seventh Annual Convening of Women Leaders

Washington, DC    |   July 9-13, 2018

Forward Global Women offered two full days of programming focused on women’s involvement in politics and education as a mobilization tool. Additionally one full day was spent at the US Capitol meeting with members of Congress and holding panels for House and Senate staffers.

Download our 2018 Convening Report.

Photos from our 2018 Convening.

The South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council hosted Forward Global Women’s daily meetings.

2018 Receptions

Tuesday, July 10: Opening Reception at the Residence of Jordanian Ambassador Dina Kawar.
Thursday, July 12: Round Table Discussion and Reception. Sponsored by US Civil Society Working Group on Women Peace and Security, and USIP. Hosted by the South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council.

2018 Guest Speakers  

Susan Markham of Smash Strategies, formerly with National Democratic Institute, gave the keynote speech centered on the question of “Do Women in Politics Create Sustainable Peace?”




Sanam Anderlini of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) presented on the importance of women’s involvement in countering violent extremism and current strategies of creating opportunity for their involvement.

Dawn Calabia presented on current status of the refugee crisis and discussed the legal obligations created under United States law.




Fatima Fettar of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) provided the lobbying update on the International Israeli Palestinian Peace Fund.

Congressional Meetings: 

Panel in US Capitol Visitors Center for Senate Members and Staff

11:00am: Office of Senator Bernie Sanders
11:00am: Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey
12:00pm: Office of Congressman Hal Rogers
1:00pm: Office of Congresswoman Grace Meng
1:30pm: Office of Congressman Gerald Connolly
2:00pm: Office of Congresswoman Robin Kelly
2:30pm: Office of Congresswoman Carol Shae-Porter
3:00pm: Office of Congresswoman Lois Frankel

Panel in House Cannon Building for House Members and Staff


Congressional Meeting with Senator Sanders and Foreign Policy Staff
Meeting with Congresswoman Carol Shae-Porter

Meeting with Congresswoman Lois Frankel

Convening Presentations:

Tuesday, July 10

Panel: Women, Politics and Leadership, Overcoming Obstacles: From MENA to the USA
Moderated by: Rina Bar Tal and Fatima Sadiqi

Sandy Pappas (USA): “The Hillary Clinton Effect”

Sivan Jacobson (Israel): “Obstacles Encountered by Religious Women in the Israeli Public and Political Sphere”
Loubna Amhair (Morocco): “Women in Politics: Obstacles and Social Changes”
Siham Kawar (Jordan) “Women and Politics in Jordan”



Panel: What do Women Bring to the Political Arena?


Orit Zuaretz (Israel): “Women in Politics – From Theory to Practice”

Dina Dukhqan (Arab-American): “Marginalized Women Finding their Voice”

Hanane Darhour (Morocco): “The Positive Effects of Increasing Women’s Political Representation in Morocco”
Talia Sasson (Israel): “Gender as a Human Rights and Equality Issue”

Thursday, July 12

Country Reports on Education as a Mobilization Tool

Panel: Is Education Empowering Women in the MENA Region?




Fatima Sadiqi (Morocco): Keynote Speaker-  “Why is Education Lagging in the Arab World?”
Noha Bakr (Egypt): “Women Empowerment Through Education in MENA Region: Challenges and Opportunities”
Khedija Arfaoui (Tunisia) “How Education Can be Used to Impede Women’s Empowerment? The Case of North Africa”
Ilana Kwartin (Israel): “Young Women Advancing Together for Change – An Educational Workshop for Social Activism and Individual Growth”
Boutheina Ben Hassine (Tunisia): “The Role of Higher Education in Empowering Women in MENA”