Lecture to explore women's rights in Muslim nations

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Lecture to explore women’s rights in Muslim nations

Alice Kang

UNL’s Alice Kang will discuss women’s rights in Muslim nations during a 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 lecture in the Nebraska Union.

The event, part of a UNL’s Women’s and Gender Studies colloquium, is free and open to the public.

The lecture is based on Kang’s new book, “Bargaining for Women’s Rights,” published by the University of Minnesota press. In the book, Kang, an assistant professor of political science and ethnic studies, focuses on legislative proposals considered in Niger to answer why Muslim women in some cases have been able to win new rights to political participation, reproductive health and education — while in some cases their agendas have been stymied.

In Niger, a law on gender quotas and a United Nations treaty to end discrimination against women were passed, yet family law reform and an African Union protocol on women’s rights failed. She interviewed numerous women’s rights activists, Islamists, and politicians.

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