TITLE: Tunisia: Celebrating Fifty Years of Women's Emancipation
SPEAKER: Sandra Day O'Connor, Alifa Chaabane Farouk, Hayet Laouni, Mounira Charrad
EVENT DATE: 11/30/2006
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes
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A symposium titled "Tunisia: Celebrating Fifty Years of Women's Emancipation" was sponsored jointly by the Library's African and Middle Eastern Division and the Embassy of Tunisia. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor made a special presentation. The other speakers included Alifa Chaabane Farouk, Hayet Laouni and Mounira Charrad.
Speaker Biography: Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor became the 102nd justice and the first female member to serve in the court. Previously she served as an Arizona assistant attorney general from 1965 to 1969, when she was appointed to a vacancy in the Arizona Senate. In 1974, she ran successfully for trial judge, a position she held until she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals in 1979. On July 1, 2005, Associate Justice O'Connor announced her retirement from the Supreme Court after 24 years of service on the bench. She currently serves as chancellor of the College of William and Mary, on the board of trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation, the executive board of the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative and the American Bar Association Museum of Law board of directors. Between March and December of 2006, Justice O'Connor served her country as a member of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group of the United States Institute of Peace.
Speaker Biography: Alifa Chaabane Farouk is the Ombudsman of Tunisia and a member of the Executive Board of Tunisia's ruling party , the Democratic Constitutional Rally.
Speaker Biography: Hayet Laouni is an entrepreneur and founder of the shipping company Maersk-Tunisia and the international trade company EXECO.
Speaker Biography: Mounira Charrad is a professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of "States and Women's Rights: The Making of Postcolonial Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco."