Women’s Rights in Islam

The Politics of Women’s Representation in Sudan: Debating Women’s Rights in Islam from the Elites to the Grassroots

Please note: This page refers to an event that has already taken place.

Time: Tuesday, 02 March 2010 13:30-15:00
Place: PRIO, Hausmanns gate 7, Oslo

PRIO invites you to an open seminar on Women's Rights in Islam, seen from a Sudanese post-conflict perspective.

The different roles taken on by and given to women in a post-conflict transition period are likely to determine their future power.
Participation in the various processes in a post-conflict transition, where power structures may be cemented, is important for the advancement of women. There seems to be a belief within the existing literature that as long as women are included in political decision-making institutions, this will ensure legal reforms of their political, civil, and socio-economic rights from the elite level to the grassroots. Women’s political participation is not only regarded as desirable but vital to the advancement of gender equality. This frames the two main research questions in this report:


  • To what extent are Sudanese elite women’s perceptions of gender equality unitary?
  • To what extent do the Sudanese elite women represent grassroot women’s priorities and attitudes?


Presented by Hilde Granås Kjøstvedt and Liv Tønnessen, researchers at Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI).

Follow this link to read the policy brief "The Paradox of Representation in Sudan: Muslim Women's Diverging Agendas".


Opening remarks and chair: Torunn Tryggestad, PRIO

Please register with seminar@prio.no if you want to take part in this seminar.