Valentine Moghadam

Chief, Gender Equality and Development Section

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Phone: +33 (0)1 45 68 39 20

Valentine M. Moghadam joined UNESCO in May 2004. Until June 2005 she was Director of Women's Studies and Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Dr. Moghadam received her higher education in Canada and the U.S. After obtaining her Ph.D. in sociology from the American University in Washington, D.C. in 1986, she taught the sociology of development and women in development at New York University. From 1990 through 1995 she was Senior Researcher and Coordinator of the Research Program on Women and Development at the WIDER Institute of the United Nations University (UNU/WIDER), and was based in Helsinki, Finland. She was a member of the UNU delegation to the World Summit on Social Development (Copenhagen, March 1995), and the Fourth World Conference on Women (in Beijing in September 1995).

Dr. Moghadam's areas of research are globalization, transnational feminist networks, civil society and citizenship in the Middle East, and women in Afghanistan. She has lectured and published widely and has consulted with many international organizations. She is a contributor to a 2001 report, coordinated by CAWTAR and the UNDP, on the impact of globalization on women's economic conditions in the Arab world. She also prepared a background paper on Islam, culture, and women's rights in the Middle East for the UNDP's Human Development Report 2004; and she is co-editor, with Massoud Karshenas, of a forthcoming book on social policy in the Middle East, to be published by Palgrave in 2006.

Focus: Development, Gender, Iran, Afghanistan, Middle East

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Dr. Moghadam is author of Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East (first published 1993; updated second edition 2003), and Women, Work and Economic Reform in the Middle East and North Africa (1998). Her third book, Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks was published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in early 2005. Her edited book Identity Politics and Women: Cultural Reassertions and Feminisms in International Perspective (1994) was the first to examine fundamentalisms comparatively and cross-culturally.

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Last Updated: Sep 22, 2006

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