[UPDATE] "The reality and the prospects of gender equality after "the Arab spring May 30-31, 2013.

full name / name of organization: 
The program on gender, society and human development and the research group “Identity and Difference,” at the faculty of Letters, Mohammed I University, Oujda, Morocco,

Deadline extended to JANUARY 15, 2013.

We are interested in papers (in English or French) that consider women's and gender issues in the Arab world from an interdisciplinary perspective and that deal with (without being limited to) the following :
The role of women in the uprisings
Challenges to women's political participation
Obstacles to women's leadership
Economic/political empowerment
The prospects of gender equality in the Arab world
Women's rights in the political discourse of the new rulers
Comparative studies of the new or projected constitutions
Educated women and men of the Arab diaspora in the West and the mentality change in the home countries.
The role for the local civil society
The positive/negative role of Arab media in promoting/demoting gender equality