The Faculty of International Studies and Political Science at the University of Jordan hosted the Director of Iraq, Iran, and North Africa Programs at the United States Institute of Peace, Manal Omar.
Omar addressed in a lecture delivered to students on the Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa and their role in nation-building in light of the Arab Spring.
Omar emphasized the importance of the role played by women - one half of the society - where she linked the proportion of education amongst women with the stability of communities, addressing a number of challenges faced by women in Yemen, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia.
Omar highlighted the importance of social justice as one of the development priorities and opportunities in front of Arab women, pointing to the incorrect cultural assumptions relating to the status and role of women in the Arab culture.
At the beginning of the lecture, the Dean of the Faculty of International Studies and Political Science, Dr. Zaid Eaidat, welcomed the guest and pointed to the Faculties' policy of openness to the community and cooperation with international bodies and global research centers for the rehabilitation of students through interaction with those entities.
The lecture was attended by the Vice-President of the University, Prof. Hala Khyami and director of the Women's Studies Center, Prof. Ghaida Khazna Katbi and faculty members at the college, students and others.
The lecture was presented by Dr. Hassan Al-Momani, Assistant Dean of the Faculty of International Studies and Political Science.