Nordic Countries Forge Ahead to Counter Gender-Equality Impasse >>
Norway, Sweden, and Iceland are making swift progress on gender equality policies. Icelandic businesses may obtain a new equal pay certificate and in Sweden, a new national agency is established. However, in Denmark, politicians ignore the gender equality law: “Appalling,” says equal rights consultant.
Fashion Challenges Stereotypes of Muslim Women >>
Fashion-conscious Muslim women have created a platform on blogs and social media, sharing fashion- and beauty tips amongst themselves. However, these activities are not merely about designer headscarves and clothes. Fashion has become the medium through which fashion-conscious bloggers challenge stereotypes of Muslim women. The author of this article examines Muslim fashion and its agendas in her master’s dissertation, entitled ‘Fashion with Faith – Re-Imagining the Veil. How Modest Fashion in Turkey is Changing the Narrative of Muslim Women’.
Documenting the History of a Movement >>
The women’s movement in Egypt dates back to the early 20th century. The deep-seated origins of Egyptian feminism remain unknown to many in the West as well as in Egypt. Women and Memory Forum in Cairo runs a project about Hawa Idris, a feminist pioneer in Egypt, in conjunction with KVINFO. The project is not concerned with the creation of yet another historical icon of the Egyptian feminist movement. Rather, the project aims to mirror the history of the feminist movement, acting as a source of inspiration to younger feminists.
Challenge My Story - digital storytelling as empowerment in Jordan >>
15 young people from a number of Arab countries tell personal stories about their experience of gender. And not least they have shared their reflections with each other in the process.
Grass Roots Peace Building >>
Inside Syria groups of mainly women are struggling hard to keep their local communities out of the conflict. Or to mend the deep rifts the conflict has torn. A peace building network keeps supporting local groups and activities in spite of five years of hopelessness and war. Their experiences have also proved invaluable to the millions of Syrian refugees abroad and their host communities too.
More Women on the Ballot in Jordan >>
The number of women who dare and desire to contribute to decision-making processes in Jordan by running for parliament is increasing dramatically, despite considerable obstacles. The Jordanian election, held last month, had a historically large percentage of female candidates.
Women Are Vulnerable - and Essential - in Emergency Relief Work >>
It is a well-known fact that women are victims in war. It thus comes as no surprise that women are also hurt by the current war in Yemen. Women, however, also take centre stage in securing the humanitarian relief efforts aimed at the victims of war.
Conflict Resolution Without Women >>
Arab women are most often excluded from efforts to prevent wars and create peace. While women and children are particularly vulnerable during armed conflicts, they rarely take part in peace-making processes. At a large conference in Beirut, 60 women tried to come up with a solution in order for women to achieve new roles.
Trade Union Network Breaks through Gender Barriers >>
A unique women’s network proves that while it may be difficult it is by no means impossible to break through the gender barriers of trade unions. Women’s access to these fora may even further their political participation. The male leadership of the trade unions must be convinced that they will not lose power – rather everybody gains collectively from women achieving high offices of power, says Ahmed Al Motamassik who is associated with the network, Réseau des Femmes Solidaires pour l’Égalité.
WOMEN DELIVER’s Danish CEO: ’’We Must Change the World...’’ >>
Last week, Denmark was teeming with people fighting more or less for the same causes as KVINFO: equal conditions and opportunities for all. The international organisation, Women Deliver, held its fourth global conference. KVINFO's Web Magazine has interviewed the organisation's CEO, Katja Iversen.
“To this day I cannot believe the abuse…” >>
A ‘knowledge project’ searching for the egalitarian ethos in the Qur’an began as a questioning of the dogma of male supremacy in the Malaysian organization, ‘Sisters in Islam’ back in 1988. Zainah Anwar was one of originally eight women in that organization, and today she is the Head of a unique organization with global reach, called Musawah, ‘egality’ in Arabic.
Gender Equality Is a Sound Investment >>
Does gender equality only concern women? KVINFO has met four Jordanian men who are working to promote women in the workforce in Jordan. For the sake of society and business.
We Are Making a Difference Here >>
Rasha Al-Khazaleh works with Jordanian women who are subject to violence and vulnerable Syrian women and children in Northern Jordan. Rasha Al-Khazaleh and volunteer Amneh Al-Sihamat feel morally obliged to do this work, which is an integral part of their identity.
"We Need Women. Full Stop." >>
The Arab Spring and political reforms has led to more female MPs in the Middle East and North Africa – an increase thanks to a quota for women in many cases. KVINFO has met three MPs who believe female politicians are a necessary prerequisite for social change. They do not, however see eye to eye on the relative merits of a quota for women.
The Jury Is Still Out On Reform or Revolution >>
How does one most forcefully create political change in the Middle East? Were the popular uprisings good or bad? Public debate in Copenhagen between two revolutionary women and to reformist men.
Moroccan Feminism Invites Men to Join In >>
The Moroccan family laws and the new constitution improves gender equality in principle. There are, however, still challenges to the application of gender equality in practice, says Souad Slaoui, a Moroccan gender researcher and Muslim feminist. The men must join the struggle if Morocco is to reach the goals of gender equality.
Arab Men Fight for Equal Rights and Modernity >>
In the Arab world, there is a tradition of men supporting the women’s rights struggle. Three men from the Middle East and North Africa explain why they are in engaged in the Arab struggle for equal rights. And why this is a pivotal struggle at a time when extremism sets the agenda.
Egyptian Women Experience a Diminution of Accessible Public Spaces >>
The post 2011-revolutionary hopes for a more equal society are running out of steam among the Egyptian women’s rights organisations. And yet they persevere. As they say, the situation must eventually take a turn for the better.
Gender, War, and Peace – A Conference Report from Beirut >>
The conference, Upholding Gendered Peace at a Time of War, presented an abundance of new research on the role of gender in processes of peace and war. KVINFO’s Connie Carøe Christiansen reports from Beirut, where researchers and activists discussed matters as diverse as female militias, jihadists, and suicide bombers as well as heroes and victims in the wake of the 2011 revolutions in the Middle East.
A Hundred Years after Women Stopped Making Coffee >>
Women’s Rights activists, politicians and ordinary citizens celebrated the 100 year anniversary for women’s right to vote on a sunny Constitution Day in Copenhagen. But how did the celebration look through Egyptian eyes? The Egyptian journalist Fathia Eldakhakhny participated in the women’s procession in Copenhagen on June 5th. Here she shares her impressions.