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.
War and Conflict in Yemen – Why the Focus on Gender? >>
Men, women, and not least children are affected by war. Men are primarily those who fight and possibly get killed in combat, while women and children are victims. Or is that really the case? Gender research demonstrates how war transforms our understandings of gender. We take a closer look at the current conflict in Yemen – and at the meaning of gender during the increasingly tense situation in the country.
Jordan’s Well-Educated Women Stay in the Home >>
Jordanian women are well educated. However, less than 14 percent are on the formal labour market. A delegation of Jordanian HR-managers visited Denmark in order to gain new inspiration on how to resolve the country’s labour equality paradox
Moroccan Family Court Judges: A Marriage Should Not Always be Salvaged >>
Mediation has become an established practice in divorce cases for several Moroccan family court judges. The practice has developed thanks to a partnership programme between KVINFO, The State Administration in Copenhagen, and the Moroccan Ministry of Justice. The aim of the programme is to consolidate women’s rights in divorce.
Today, We Stand Together >>
KVINFOs reporter, 18 year old Anna Viemose followed the grand women's procession on Constitution Day in Denmark and gives her account of the celebrations of the 100 years of women's right to vote in text and images.
Young Muslim Women’s Faith makes them Upright Citizens >>
While public debates in Denmark often focus on the need to reform Islam as the only solution to meeting the challenges of integration, a new PhD dissertation by Monique Hocke demonstrates how a group of young Muslim women are galvanised to active civic participation in Denmark by their faith.
Patriarchy is the Greatest Obstacle to Peace in the Middle East >>
- Women were deployed to fight during the Arab Spring and were subsequently demoted to their homes. It was never the battle for women’s rights, it was a fight for patriarchy, says Lebanese activist Lina Abou-Habib, the director of the feminist Collective for Research and Training on Development - Action, and one of the most notable voices in the debate on gender and equality in the Middle East.
Scenes from the Syrian War >>
The breakdown of a normal society in wartorn Syria has sent the women back to a life controlled by ultra-traditional and very conservative norms. A life where the value of a woman is measured by her ability to have sons and where her virtue is more important than her life. The Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim has written this account with a number of snapshots and experiences of the lives of women in a Syria at war.
Morocco plans to reform abortion law >>
Morocco has embarked on a process aimed at loosening the country’s strict abortion law – with the backing of its conservative, religious government. Women’s organizations have long pressed for a liberalization and now it looks like abortion will be legal at least under some circumstances. There’s an estimated 800 clandestine abortions performed in Morocco every day, often at great risk to the health of the mother.
Photo reportage: Women and Art in Casablanca >>
For the first two weeks of April the streets of the Moroccan metropolis Casablanca have looked different. 63 women artists from Morocco and the Nordic countries have each seized one of the large billboards which are everywhere in the city.
See a selection of the magnificent images here.
March 8th, 2015: We celebrated the ones who have the talent, the willpower and the courage >>
On the 8th of March KVINFO hosted a celebration in honour of International Womens Day. It was an amazing evening where more than 1000 guests of all ages partied together.
Grassroots Campaigns, Alliances, and Religious Lines of Reasoning >>
Several Arab countries have had new constitutions following the Arab Spring of 2011. This has proved to be a golden opportunity to consolidate women’s rights, but women’s organisations have also witnessed strong opposition from conservative political forces. A handful of KVINFO’s partners from Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Jordan convened in Tunis in order to share experiences of how to achieve maximum influence during the processes of constitutional reform.
Women Heading For the Top of Tunisian Politics >>
Kalthoum Kannou is the first female presidential candidate in Tunisia. She is a living symbol of the country’s peaceful transition to democracy. But she does not stand alone. LET, an organisation supported by KVINFO, trains Tunisian women in achieving political leadership positions, and several female candidates are waiting in the wings.
Dialogue through crochet hooks, embroidery thread and nimble fingers >>
In the Danish towns of Hillerød and Aarhus, Tunisian and Moroccan women have held open crochet and embroidery workshops, inviting Danes to try their hand at these intricate handicrafts. KVINFO presents a photo reportage from the events.
He for She - in Yemen: Ahmed bin Mubarak >>
As one of their first acts in their renewed assault on Yemen’s capital Sana’a the Houthi militias have abducted the president’s chief of staff Ahmed bin Mubarak. That he was their first target is not only rooted in his current position close to the presidency, but in his general work for a more democratic and inclusive Yemen – and not least for women’s political participation. KVINFO’s Connie Carøe Christiansen has written a portrait of Ahmed bin Mubarak.
More women taking the lead within Morocco’s trade unions >>
In Morocco, a group of union women are working to bring more women into leadership positions within the country’s major trade unions. Diversity among those charged with making decisions paves the way for changes in the labour market and conditions for women in general. To date, the KVINFO-backed project has resulted in 24 women being elected as union representatives and leaders.
Joking to abolish stereotypes >>
In their satirical show "Det Slører Stadig", comedians Sara Al Naser and Ellie Jokar wade through the quagmire of stereotypes surrounding Arab men and women. But behind the caricatures, the duo has a desire to liberate themselves from entrenched expectations and limitations related to gender and identity as an immigrant, they told in an interview after performing at a KVINFO conference recently.
Setting up a sustainable base takes time >>
Towards the end of 2008, the School of Design in Copenhagen launched a project in collaboration with the Moroccan women’s handicraft co-operative Reseau Femmes Artisanes. Six years on, the first group of Moroccan women have now completed the programme. During the course, the women have learned about design development and business management, and have delved deep into Moroccan cultural heritage. And not least, the course has also broken down cultural prejudices and given the women a new sense of independence.
’The women of Tunisia have everything to lose – and everyting to gain’ >>
Tunisian film director Raja Amari is not afraid to provoke. Her 2009 film Buried Secrets anticipated the Tunisian revolution of 2011, and for many years she has been waging her own mini-revolution aiming to liberate the female body within the Tunisian film industry.
Women experts exist! >>
For many years, KVINFO – Denmark’s national centre for information, gender and equality – has been working strategically to increase the visibility of women experts through its online database. This expert database at kvinfo.dk is free to access and can be used by anyone. In connection with the Irish presidency of the EU in 2013, KVINFO’s Expert Database was designated as “Good Practice” on the grounds that it relentlessly promotes the existence of women experts, despite the media’s persistent underrepresentation of women experts in its news coverage.