Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East
By Auburn
May 5, 2010

“Societies that invest in and empower women are on a virtuous cycle. They become richer, more stable, better governed, and less prone to fanaticism.Countries that limit women's educational and employment opportunities and their political voice get stuck in a downward spiral. They are poorer, more fragile, have higher levels of corruption, and are more prone to extremism.”

So writes Isobel Coleman, in her new book, Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East. Coleman is the Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program and SeniorFellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. This important book illustrates how and why women are at the core of human progress in the twenty-first century.

On Wednesday, May 5, 2010 women from across the country will participate in a conference call with Dr. Coleman sponsored by the Council. The topic, Islamic Feminism: Moderating Extremism in the Middle East, is significantly informed by her research in Paradise Beneath Her Feet, as well as Dr. Coleman’s over-all expertise on economic development; gender issues in the Middle East and Southwest Asia; foreign aid; microfinance and educational reform in the Middle East.

Listen to a podcast, "Islamic Feminists Transforming the Muslim World"

Garner resources for your work from the Council on Foreign Relations Web site.

For additional resources on women’s activism across the globe see:

• World Pulse
• Global Fund for Women
• Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

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