Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

Mona Eltahawy, Journalist

Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution by The Chicago Council


The Middle East and North Africa remains a region deeply divided over the role of women in society. Child marriage, high rates of maternal mortality, and female genital mutilation are just a few of the challenges women in the region face. The voices of many women—Hania Moheeb, Sameera Salih Ali al-Nuaimy, Loujain al-Hathloul—have raised global awareness, but even talking about their concerns can be dangerous. While women continue to play an active role in regional political uprisings, journalist Mona Eltahawy suggests that real change will not succeed unless accompanied by revolutions of social, sexual, and cultural thought. Does the region need a sexual revolution? Join The Chicago Council for a discussion with Mona Eltahawy on the changing role of women in the Middle East.

Eltahawy’s new book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, will be available for purchase and signing from The Book Stall after the program.

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