On the occasion of International Women's Day, the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World, Beirut University
College organized a women's TALK IN, instead of the usual lectures and/or panels. On March 9,1994, BUC community
which included students, faculty, staff and friends of the IWSAW gathered to express themselves on various women and
gender issues. Approximately 600 persons, men and women, urgently raised their handsfor their turn with the
microphones. The atmosphere was filled with mixed feelings on various issues. There was anger against oppression, enthusiasm for human rights, and some backlash against women and their movement. Here is a selection of some of the statements made.