On International Women’s Day, Experts Speak to Successes and Strategies in Advancing Gender Equality

Shereen El Feki, Nikki van der Gaag, and their book covers

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Shereen El Feki and Nikki van der Gaag

Interviews with Shereen El Feki and Nikki van der Gaag

In honor of International Women’s Day, we talked to authors and experts Nikki van der Gaag and Shereen El Feki about the progress made, challenges faced, and long-term strategies needed to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Shereen spoke with us about sexuality and gender in the Arab region, and Nikki about the importance of bringing men on board with feminism.

Nikki is the author of Feminism and Men and a noted feminist, writer, and communicator. Shereen is the author of Sex and the Citadel and an acclaimed broadcaster, writer, and academic. Both are Equimundo Senior Fellows.

On International Women’s Day, what is one thing they want everyone to know?

“Women and men need to stand alongside each other and celebrate the many positive changes that have been achieved – at the same time as being realistic about what still needs to be done,” Nikki said.

“We must understand the lived realities of men and boys as individuals in order to move toward equality for women and girls, and to effect change,” Shereen said.

Read the full interviews with Nikki here and Shereen here.

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