Shereen El FekiShereen El FekiProfessor Peter Mandaville
Jun 14

Shereen El-Feki TEENTALK

Behind the veil

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Adventurous author and gender equality expert Shereen El-Feki has spent years quizzing Arab women and men of all ages about the most personal aspects of their lives, exploring taboos and debunking myths around sex and sexuality. While in Brussels, she will share her compelling findings with us, revealing what lies behind the veil of societies and cultures that we should know better. In her clear and passionate style she will take you on a journey through the inner lives of both men and women in the region, telling how they see their changing roles in society, the changing place of women in Arab societies and around the world. El-Feki will also be explaining the privileges but also the unexpected pressures of being a man in the Arab world today. Shereen’s keen interest in wanting to understand people has set her on the path of exploring a controversial subject against a conservative set up. Curious to explore what lies behind the veil? Join us.

4-5.15PM  Full Circle TeenTalk

Listen, talk, exchange with Shereen El Feki and other young participants at the Full Circle TeenTalk.
Registration is compulsory.
Location: Muntpunt. Place de la Monnaie 6, 1000 Bruxelles
Language: Talk & discussion is in English

Shereen El Feki is a scientist, journalist, academic, best-selling author, and an expert on the interplay of gender, sexuality, politics and religion in the Arab region. Half Egyptian, half Welsh, she was brought up in Canada. She started her career in medical science, with a doctorate in immunology from the University of Cambridge, before going on to become an award-winning healthcare correspondent with The Economist and a presenter with Al Jazeera English. She is the former vice-chair of the UN’s Global Commission on HIV and the Law, as well as a TED Global Fellow. Shereen sits on the board of a number of civil society groups working in the Arab region, among them the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality. She also contributes to The Huffington PostInternational Affairs, and The Independent, and has written and spoken widely on women, sexuality, and HIV in the Arab region. She is the author of the bestseller Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World. Under the aegis of UN Women, she is currently leading IMAGES-MENA, a pioneering study of men, masculinities and gender equality in four countries in the Arab region.

Sex and the Citadel, Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World (2013).

Shereen El Feki at University of Toronto
Shereen El Feki at Chatham House

Full Circle Teen Talks are an opportunity for young audiences (aged 14-18yrs) to interact  – listen and talk – with inspiring and innovative thinkers and do-ers from around the world, on subjects relevant to you, in a relaxed context.