Date: Tue, February 19, 2013
Program Time: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Juliana Dawood Yousif Al-Bazi is a human rights activist and scholar working in southern Iraq. She is the current Director of the Basra Society for Research and Media on Women and teaches with the English Access Micro-Scholarship Program funded by the U.S. Government.
Dr. Al-Bazi is an International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) alumna from 2010, when she participated in a five-person multiregional delegation focused on women’s rights. She has been invited back to the U.S. as part of the State Department’s “Gold Stars” program, which honors previous program participants who have used IVLP as a launch pad to do great things in their home countries.
Despite facing significant resistance, Dr. Al-Bazi is an activist in her southern Iraq community. Her experience in the U.S. taught her new techniques that she uses in her fight for gender equality and minority rights. She was impressed by many of the advocacy techniques she saw during her previous visit to the United States, including workshopping and public awareness campaigns through television and theater, and has incorporated these techniques into her work in Basra. Dr. Al-Bazi has led awareness campaigns about women’s health and environmental protection. She has provided vocational training and worked on water issues with displaced women. She is also teaching English to disadvantaged youth as part of the U.S. government-sponsored English Access Micro-Scholarship Program.
Juliana Dawood Yousif Al-Bazi holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Basra University.
The program is sponsored by the Council on World Affairs and FREE to participating schools. Schools interested in participating in this program should contact John Ramicone at or 216-916-6360 by February 15th.