Ari Alexander is guest blogging (via Blackberry) from the World Conference on Dialogue in Madrid, organized by the Muslim World League under the patronage of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
I am happy to report that a woman just gave a presentation in this final closed door session. I commend the organizers for showing the flexibility and responsiveness to veer from the written word (here: the program) and internalize the interventions and subsequent applause throuhgout the day yesterday when the issue of women’s participation was raised.
At least three comments Â were made during yesterday’s closed door session to make this point – one by an indian swami, one by a british muslim and one by an american rabbi.
The woman who was chosen to speak at the last minute was Dr. Mekia Najar, a spanish researcher. She said dialogue without women’s participation will fail, as the past has showed time and time again.