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Mariz Tadros - Research Fellow

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Thematic Expertise:
Citizenship; Gender; Gender Justice; Participatory methodologies; Politics and Power; Unruly Politics; Rights.

Geographic Expertise:
Middle East and North Africa; Egypt; Jordan; Yemen.

Mariz Tadros is a IDS research fellow specialising in the politics and human development of the Middle East. Areas of specialisation include democratisation, Islamist politics, gender, sectarianism, human security and religion and development.

Prior to joining IDS Mariz was an assistant professor of political science at the American University in Cairo, where she taught development studies for many years at an undergraduate and graduate level.

For almost ten years, Mariz worked as a journalist for the English language newspaper Al-Ahram Weekly where she published over 300 articles on a variety of subjects including civil society, women in Egypt and the Arab region, poverty and social justice. She has extensive experience as a development practitioner and worked as a consultant for many international organisations including the Ford Foundation. Mariz obtained her doctorate from Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford in 2004.

Since joining IDS, she has been involved in leading several multidisciplinary, multi-country initiatives including one on women and politics and one on gender and religion.

Mariz is author of two books:

Promoting a rights perspective to the challenges of poverty, inequality and insecurity.

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This project is part of the Gender, Power and Sexuality Programme, funded by Sida. The project is working on two parallel initiatives, firstly, exploring political empowerment programmes for women and secondly, engaging with the international community to challenge and expose gendered forms of violence, particularly when this is politically motivated.

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Pathways is a research and communication programme which seeks to discover where women are achieving real gains despite or because of policy and practice. It looks at how this has happened, and aims to make these pathways visible so that we can build on these revealed successes.

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The 'Power, Violence, Citizenship and Agency' (PVCA) project is an action research project designed by researchers at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and carried out with a number of institutional partners.

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The aim of the Rapid Response Briefings (RRB) series is to support governments and development agencies in responding quickly to rapidly emerging phenomena and unexpected global events and understanding the impact they may have on development policy, practice and outcomes.

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A new partnership between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and IDS has been formed with the aim of supporting SDC’s ‘Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance Network’ (DLGN) between 2012 and 2014. IDS’ contribution will seek to improve DLGN’s effectiveness and impact of policy strategies and operations.

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Our goal is to enable stronger leadership for working with boys and men to promote gender equality. We will do this by gathering, inter-relating and analysing evidence and lessons. These will be strategically disseminated in targeted and accessible formats for improved learning, policy and practice.

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This is the cover for IDS Bulletin 45.5, 'Localising Governance'.

Localising Governance

Drawing on different perspectives, this IDS Bulletin takes a fresh look at how local governance 'really' works and how it could become more accountable, effective and legitimate to support development that favours poor and marginalised people. More details

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The Politics of Mobilising for Gender Justice in Egypt from Mubarak to Morsi and Beyond

This paper examines the nature of the political struggle over the status, role and identity of women in Egypt in between the two revolutions (January 2011 and June 2013). More details

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Women in Politics: Gender, Power and Development

Women the world over are being prevented from engaging in politics. Women’s political leadership of any sort is a rarity and a career in politics rarer still. More details

ER 57 Front Cover

Settling After the Revolts? Egypt’s Political Settlements and Violent Transition

The uprisings in the Arab region generated much hope among significant proportions of the population that a rupture with the status quo would herald a new era marked by bread, freedom and social justice/human dignity, the catchphrase of many of the revolts. More details

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Reclaiming the Streets for Women’s Dignity: Effective Initiatives in the Struggle against Gender-Based Violence in between Egypt’s Two Revolutions

This paper is about the struggle to combat gender-based violence in public space in Egypt through the sustained collective action of vigilante groups who organically formed to respond to the increasing encroachment on women in public space from 2011 onwards. More details

Promoting and Protecting Religious Diversity in the Middle East

Promoting and Protecting Religious Diversity in the Middle East

In the aftermath of regime ruptures in the Arab world and with the political ascendancy of Islamist groups, there has been a mass exodus of citizens belonging to religious minorities from the region. More details

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Battling with Increased Gender-Based Violence in Egypt’s Transition: Report on the Scoping Workshop held in Cairo, November 2012

This workshop report examines the relationship between Gender-based violence, collective action and masculinities through six country case studies. More details

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Politically Motivated Sexual Assault and the Law in Violent Transitions: A Case Study from Egypt

This case study is about the use of sexual violence against women and men in order to deter the opposition from engaging in protests and demonstrations in a context of a country in transition, Egypt. More details

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Copts at the Crossroads - The Challenge of Building Inclusive Democracy in Egypt

In the light of the escalation of sectarian tensions during and after Mubarak's reign, the predicament of the Arab world's largest religious minority, the Copts, has come to the forefront. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Egypt’s Unfinished Transition or Unfinished Revolution? Unruly Politics and Capturing the Pulses of the Street

There has been a growing consensus among political scientists that transitions rarely follow linear processes, and that any tautological approach to paths of change is likely to be misguiding. This paper argues that the same signals of a disconnect between universalist liberal democratic prescriptions for change and the situation on the ground are surfacing once again. More details

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Decentralisation and Social Cohesion in Religiously Heterogeneous Societies in Transition: A Case Study from Egypt

This paper explores the linkages between decentralisation and social cohesion within communities of differing religious backgrounds. It builds on the case of post-Mubarak Egypt, where an increased but informal devolution of power to manage relations between the majority Muslim and minority Christian populations has not alleviated community tensions. More details

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A Dictatorship with an Islamic Reference

This article argues that the Muslim Brotherhood's growing monopolization of political power in Egypt witnessed since the parliamentary and presidential elections does not only suggest a shift towards authoritarianism but a particular brand of Islamist totalitarianism. More details

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Bringing Gender Justice to the Egyptian Parliament

There is an urgent need to address gender politics in the Egyptian parliament. Women's representation in parliament fell from 13 per cent in 2010 to two per cent in 2011 despite the fact that the number of women who nominated themselves for office had doubled. More details

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The Muslim Brotherhood in Contemporary Egypt: Democracy Redefined or Confined?

The Muslim Brotherhood is one of the oldest and most influential Islamist movements. As the party ascends to power in Egypt, it is poised to adopt a new system of governance and state–society relations, the effects of which are likely to extend well beyond Egypt’s national borders. More details

This is the IDS Bulletin 43.1, entitled, 'The Pulse of Egypt’s Revolt'.

The Pulse of Egypt’s Revolt

How do we explain the way in which change unfolded in the wake of the recent Egyptian uprisings? More details

This is the IDS Bulletin 43.1, entitled, 'The Pulse of Egypt’s Revolt'.

Backstage Governance

Mubarak's regime was able to pursue political liberalisation without undermining the status quo through the role played by the State Security Investigations apparatus (SSI) in backstage governance. This article discusses mechanisms through which the SSI exercised public authority through the use of soft and hard power. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Women Engaging Politically: Beyond Magic Bullets and Motorways

This policy paper by Mariz Tadros, adopts an upside-down approach to women’s political empowerment. While the number of women we need to get into legislatures has often assumed centrestage, this paper takes women’s pathways as its starting point. More details

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The Faith Factor in Development

Many faith-based organisations engaging in development are contesting not only the practical implications of reductionist development policies, but also questioning the very political and ideological assumptions behind them. More details

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