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Women in a Time of Change

September 2013
Edition Number: 
13

Intercultural Affairs

Sunni-Shia relations the key to regional stability
Sheikh Mustafa Cerić

Amman, Jordan – Today, it’s undeniable that the Middle East is seeing a period of rising sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shi’as, especially in Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. On 20 August, King Abdullah II of Jordan addressed Sunni and Shi’a...

Le Noir et le Bleu. Renverser les regards, quand la mer devient miroir
Florence Ollivry

Œuvre de l’architecte Rudy Ricciotti, le musée est entouré d’une mantille noire évocatrice à la fois d’éléments aquatiques, algues ou filets de pêche, et du jeu de l’ombre et de la lumière d’un « Moucharabieh » stylisé. A travers la fine et sombre...

Reviving confidence between Arab governments and youth
Naoufal El Hammoumi

Over the past ten years, a large youth movement in North Africa and the Middle East took off and we believed we could affect positive change in our countries. This movement reached its peak during what is known as the Arab Spring. In the Moroccan...

The Languages of the Banlieues
IRIN News

In today’s French Banlieues the most diverse experiences of migration are condensed, in many cases against the backdrop of legacies and continuities of an ignored colonial history. However, views of the articulation of these experiences – the languages of...

Retrospective: Food
Warscapes

While more joyful evidence of shared culinary heritages is all around us, food, sadly, remains one of the most contentious, divisive and politicized aspects of everyday life. Even as the explosion in foodie culture in recent years has brought us closer to more...

Young people on open borders as Croatia joins EU on 1 July
Sebastien Vannier, Cafebabel

Six years after Romania and Bulgaria joined, Croatia becomes the next and 28th member state of the European Union. The Croatian youth, who barely knew the war period of the late nineties, hesitate between enthusiasm for new freedoms gained...

حوار الثقافات في مرسم نسائي بعمان

شاركت 42 فنانة تشكيلية من مختلف أنحاء العالم في ملتقى "حوار الثقافات" بالعاصمة العمانية مسقط، مرسم أقامته الجمعية العمانية لإعداد لوحات تعرض أن الفن الإنساني ينبغي أن يتجاوز الهوية والحدود والجنسية وأن المرأة قادرة على التعبير الإيجابي عن كل المجتمع وليس نصف المجتمع..

دور التعليم في تعزيز حوار الثقافات في زمن العولمة

تتناول الكاتبة ثلاث قضايا: التعليم وحوار الثقافات والعولمة. يسعى حوار الثقافات للحوار بين كل الأطراف، أما العولمة فتسعى للهيمنة والسيطرة على كل الأطراف وقولبتهم في نمط اقتصادي واجتماعي وثقافي واحد. وفي النهاية يعتبر التعليم آلية لتفعيل حوار الثقافات والانخراط في مسلسل العولمة...

In Focus

Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa
SWMENA

SWMENA is a data repository and research project founded by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Through comparative and country-specific surveys, the project measures how in Lebanon…

"المرا زينة وصُوَرها بالدزّينة" – جمانة حداد – النهار

لقد عددتُها: على الأوتوستراد الممتد بين منزلي في جونية ومكتبي في جريدة “النهار” في وسط بيروت، ثمة احدى وعشرون لافتة اعلانية تسوّق لسيارات أو لشعارات حزبية، وستّ وخمسون تُظهر نساء يبعن بإغراء أجسادهن ووجوههن منتجات مختلفة، من المجوهرات الى الشامبو، ومن التلفزيونات الى الشوربة، وهنّ يستخدمن صدورهن العارمة وشفاههن المنفوخة...

Dossier - Femmes en Algérie, au Maroc, et en France
Babelmed
Women’s voices now
Women’s voices now

The medium of film, specifically short-film available on the Internet, is a powerful tool that can inspire social movements and support the global struggle for gender equality. Women's Voices from the Muslim World is a Short-Film Festival focused on...

Mind over Boobs
Mariam H. Jalloul, The Crimson

The vast majority of veiled Muslim women are not oppressed in their hijabs, and even if we were we (and even to those veiled Muslim women who are being oppressed) sure as heck are not seeking liberation from a group of women who will insult our religious...

Mind over Boobs
Mariam H. Jalloul, The Crimson

The vast majority of veiled Muslim women are not oppressed in their hijabs, and even if we were we (and even to those veiled Muslim women who are being oppressed) sure as heck are not seeking liberation from a group of women who will insult our religious...

How Not to Study Gender in the Middle East
Maya Mikdashi, Jadaliyya

A brief guideline on how to avoid common mistakes and prejudices in Middle East Gender Studies...

Early Reflections of an Historian on Feminism in Egypt in Time of Revolution
Lucia Sorbera, YallaItalia

In the time of revolution, feminist writing plays the crucial role of challenging traditional representations of women as passive victims, and of shedding light on their role as agents of political change. Contemporary women’s activism is both...

Mediterranean Women’s Fund

Le Fonds pour les Femmes en Méditerranée a été créé en janvier 2008, à l’initiative de femmes engagées depuis plusieurs dizaines d’années pour les droits des femmes dans la région méditerranéenne. Partant de leurs expériences de recherche de...

6 Words
MUSLIMA (International Museum of Women)

“One life in six words. What does it mean to you to be a Muslim woman today?” a collection of multimedia mini-memoirs, consisting of 6 words and images, that is open to submissions from all Muslim women who want to share their voice about what it...

Why men's voices make all the difference in changing the role of women in the Arab world
MUSLIMA (International Museum of WomeTracy Hart, The World Bank

“It is more evident that the remaining gaps in the West between men and women will more likely be overcome if men decide that parity is important for them too, and push for it with their own voices.”...

حول أوضاع المرأة في العراق: حوار مع ينار محمد

تقدم جدلية حوارا مع الناشطة العراقية ورئيسة منظمة "حرية المرأة في العراق" لتطرح القضايا المتعلقة بحالة المرأة العراقية في ظل الحرب والاحتلال ووضعها الاقتصادي والاجتماعي. بالإضافة إلى استغلال صورة المرأة للتعبئة الدعائية للحروب كما حدث في العراق لإطلاق الحرب الامريكية ونتائجها على المجتمع...

209شارع الملك حسين

تتركز الحلقة الرابعة من البرنامج على مسار النساء في البرلمان الأردني منذ طلبها بحق الانتخاب والترشح في الأربعينات والخمسينات حتى وقتنا الحاضر، بالإضافة إلى تسليط الضوء على المؤسسات والاتحادات النسائية لدعم حقوق المرأة الأساسية خاصة حقها في صنع القرار السياسي. من جهة أخرى، نظرة الدولة والمجتمع للمرأة...

“Poses”
Yolanda Domínguez

In a street performance, Spanish artist Yolanda Dominguez reveals this tacit and imposing mechanism of the representation of women in advertising, transferring these images, these postures, to the reality of everyday life. Through unexpected...

يا نساء العالم...

Al Akhbar’s special issue dedicated to women in their International day.

EuroMed Media Review

Strengthening the Role of Women in Society: third Euromed Ministerial Conference to be held on 11 and 12 September in Paris
ENPI Info Centre

The Third Euromed Ministerial Conference on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society will take place on 11 and 12 September 2013 in Paris, gathering Ministers in charge of women affairs and gender equality from the 43 Union for the Mediterranean…

A new round of “DAWRAK-Exchange” for CSOs and journalists across the Mediterranean
Anna Lindh Foundation

Anna Lindh Foundation has launched a new call for participation in “DAWRAK – Exchange Facility”, which offers members of civil society organisations (CSOs) and journalists an opportunity to travel to a counterpart organisation in other Euro...

Launch of the 8th Edition of the Euro-Med Dialogue Award
Anna Lindh Foundation

The Anna Lindh Foundation’s Network Members are invited to nominate the best candidates for this year’s edition of the Award.The annual Award, which is bestowed by the 42 Anna Lindh National Networks, recognises the achievements of individuals...

Call for Tender: €2.5 million for organisation of Euro-Med events
ENPI Info Centre

The European Commission has published a tender notice for a €2.5 million service contract for the organisation of conferences, seminars and meetings in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy (southern cooperation), the Euro...

Photo story: Alladin flies to the rescue of ancient theatres
ENPI Info center

The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre has released a photo story highlighting the achievements of an EU-funded project in preserving ancient theatres in the Mediterranean countries...

Opportunities for South Mediterranean film professionals
Euromed Audiovisual

Opportunities from AFAC, Dubai Film Connection, Robert Bosch Stiftung, TIMLIF, Brussels Mediterranean Film Fest, Francophone Fund, Festival Anima, EAVE, Montpellier Mediterranean Film Fest...

European Youth Media Days 2013 - call for participants
European Youth Press

Social movements, new political parties and civil society protests - what is in the future of the European Union (EU)? Who is working to ensure change and sustainability of the Union? What has been the actual impact of #Occupy and other movements on...

Library

Opening doors : gender equality and development in the Middle East and North Africa.
World Bank

Since the early 1990s, countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region have made admirable progress in reducing the gap between girls and boys in areas such as access to education and health care. Indeed, almost all young girls in the...

Women in Revolutions
The Wellesley Globalist

Women have played significant roles in the major political revolutions of the nineteenth and twentieth century, although concrete political gains and public acknowledgement of their roles often took a long time to materialize. This issue of...

Lectures et usages féministes de l’islam
Amélie Le Rénard, La Vie des idées

Un ouvrage collectif de militantes et d’universitaires présente les réflexions issues des différents courants du féminisme islamique. Qu’il soit libéral, radical ou réformiste traditionnel, celui-ci fonde ses revendications sur les sources religieuses – en en...

“The Mediterranean through Women”
Quaderns de la Méditerrania, no. 18-19

Women’s rights today in the Arab-Muslim world are the thermometer for measuring the temperature of the democratic process. Under the headings Creativity and Stereotypes, Change and Economic Development and Valuing Women’s Voices for...

Sex and the Citadel
Shereen El Feki

As political change sweeps the streets and squares, parliaments and presidential palaces of the Arab world, Sex and the Citadel looks at upheaval a little closer to home – in the sexual lives of men and women in Egypt and across the region. Based...

The Limits of Gendered Citizenship
Elżbieta H. Oleksy, Jeff Hearn & Dorota Golańska

The underlying theme of this edited collection is gendered citizenship, as well as the challenges and limits that confront the gendering of citizenship. It critiques the notion of the genderless nation-state citizen...

Call for Papers: Special Themed Issue on Gender and Migration
Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East Migration Studies

A special themed issue of Mashriq & Mahjar seeks to take stock of recent work on gender and migration, to open up fruitful discussion, and to chart paths for future research. It will bring together scholars working in different disciplines to consider…