The Middle East Institute is pleased to host poet, writer and activist Nimah Nawwab for a conversation about Saudi women in an era of unprecedented change in the Middle East. Despite the many advances of the Arab Spring, the region continues to face mounting social, political, and economic challenges. In Nawwab's native Saudi Arabia, these challenges form the basis for her art and activism. Through her poetry and writing, Nawwab aims to build bridges of understanding between the Middle East and the Western world, and to provide insight into the realities of life for women in Saudi Arabia. Join us for an interactive discussion of the status of women in the region and the route to their political, economic, religious, and spiritual empowerment.
Nimah Nawwab is a poet, writer, photographer, lecturer and activist in Saudi Arabia. Born to a scholarly Meccan family, she has been dubbed a "voice for Arab women and youth." She often works with established and emerging filmmakers, musicians, calligraphers, and artists of various genres through mentorship projects. As an activist, Ms. Nawwab has been involved with numerous women's issues, including the forced divorce petition and legal case, the Qatif gang rape, and the guardianship of women. Ms. Nawwab has spoken at international events including the World Economic Forum, the Japan Expo, and the UN Pavilion, and has lectured at the Smithsonian, American University, Rice University, Ghalib Academy in India, and London University's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She is the author, most recently, of Canvas of the Soul: Mystic Poems from the Heartland of Arabia.