Sexual attacks force the women of Syria to flee >>
A new report documents the wide-scale abuse of women in Syria, highlighting how women and their bodies have become a weapon in the armed conflict currently raging in the country. The social stigma associated with sexual attack in the region leaves the women isolated and shunned by their local communities – often giving the women no other choice than to flee.
Denmarks crown princess Mary visits women victims of violence in morocco >>
In her capacity as president of The Mary Foundation, Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary toured Morocco from 2 to 4 September to visit KVINFO’s Moroccan partners – partners who work directly and strategically to combat and prevent violence against women and to improve women’s rights within society. WoMen Dialogue brings this report from the Crown Princess’s visit.
Ten years of the law that transformed Moroccan society >>
“The amendment to the Moudawana can be considered as the most thorough reform of Moroccan society since independence. It’s had political, economic, social and cultural consequences, and it’s contributed to transforming the fundamental relationship between men and women,” explains Moroccan feminist and lawyer Zhour Al Horr. The family law – a law which changed Moroccan society – will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on 14 January 2014. WoMenDialogue spoke with Zhour Al Horr, who over a decade ago helped to formulate the law and who has since been administering it in practice as both a judge and a lawyer.
Morocco: The new test bed for Muslim feminism >>
Morocco has developed a Muslim feminist movement that has proved to be an effective lever for improving women’s rights in the country. For many years, secular and religious feminists have been working together – both sides agree that Islam is the cornerstone of Moroccan society and that the religion is not incompatible with gender equality. Critics, however, believe that the feminists need broaden their attack on the patriarchy to encompass more than just the religious aspect.
Using the Islamic faith to tackle the issues facing Islamic women >>
In Egypt, Cairo University professor Omaima Abou Bakr fears in the wake of the military taking power in July 2013 that all forms of Islamic thinking are now beginning to be seen as illegitimate. The professor has recently published a new book which takes a contemporary look at Islamic feminism.
Is it possible to be a LGBTQ Muslim? >>
Can a person reconcile his of her LGBTQ identity with the Muslim faith – or with faith and spirituality in general? And for LGBTQ individuals who are publically open about their orientation, what opportunities do they have in relation to the religious culture, which is also an equal part of their identity? These were the central questions raised at the recent Faith & Sexuality conference held at Borups Højskole, in central Copenhagen. As well as highlighting new future potentials, the conference also showed how being a gay Muslim in Europe is very different to being a gay Muslim in the middle East.
Focus on women’s organisations in times of revolution >>
The world community should listen more to women’s organisations in areas where revolutions take place as these organisations represent the most progressive and democratic forces. This is the belief of Valentine Moghadam, who, in her book Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East, has studied the role of women in revolutions and political upheavals from the 17th century up to our present day – from the French Revolution to the recent so-called Arab Spring revolutions.
Royal visit draws attention to violence against women in Jordan >>
This August, the Danish-Jordanian partnership working to prevent and end violence against women received a visit from a high-profile Danish delegation.
“You have to make yourself heard” >>
With his alternative book-café, Books@café, in Amman, Madian Al Jazerah works to provide a voice for LGBTQ individuals within the Muslim society. His work requires him to navigate through the grey area between the modern and the traditional Jordan. Women Dialogue met up with him in Copenhagen during the recent Faith & Sexuality conference.
Dispelling orientalism’s false depiction of Arab women >>
Whereas orientalism’s depiction of the Easter women was based on the Western man’s dream of exotic and sexually available women, Essaydi equips the women in her works with both strength of will, vigour and authority.
Woman Heads Democracy Committee in Yemen >>
Gender, khat and weapons are at the top of the agenda in Yemen's six-month National Dialogue Conference in preparation for upcoming elections in 2014. Amal Al-Basha, spokeswoman for the Conference’s technical secretariat, talks about the current dialogue and reconciliation talks.
Muslima: Muslim Women Portrayed In a New Light >>
Since September 11, 2001, Muslims in the West have been experiencing increased marginalisation and discrimination. Headed by curator Samina Ali, the virtual exhibition Muslima has brought Muslim women to the top of the artistic agenda.
10 Years of Co-operation on Gender Equality >>
The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' so-called Danish-Arab Partnership Programe will soon be celebrating 10 years of promoting democratic development in the Middle East and North Africa. A look back over the past 10 years shows that much progress has been made – yet many there still remain many challenges on the road ahead.
Graphic Designer About Life After the Revolution >>
According to 24-year-old Egyptian designer, artist and blogger Omneia Naguib, there is a clear difference between ‘before’ and ‘after’ the Arab Spring in Egypt. The clear distinction has been made possible not because the political climate has improved in the wake of the revolution, but rather because free thinking – which once was suppressed – has now come up to the surface.
MENA Uprisings Followed by Opportunities and Threats >>
The situations in Iraq and in Egypt are radically different, but the fact that both countries are undergoing dramatic political change – change that offers both great opportunities and great risks for women – is something the two countries have in common. This is according to Iraqi-German Nadje Al-Ali, Professor in Gender Studies at the University of London.
More Women on the Screen >>
Successful Moroccan women are a rare feature in the Moroccan media – a media which still prefers to portray women as victims. This is something that researcher in journalism and communication at the University of Rabat, Nadia Lamhaidi, wants to change – both in the printed media, on television and in the many popular TV series. She believes that the country’s future is at stake, so increasing the visibility of women role models is vital.
KVINFO supports marathon in Palestine >>
Danish-Palestine joint venture holds marathon in Bethlehem spotlighting women’s right to freedom of movement.
Women in Arab media – multi-faceted... and non-existent >>
Compared with Western media, Arab media offers a more balanced and multifaceted portrayal of women. This is the claim made in the new book Arab Women in Arab News – Old Stereotypes and New Media, of which Arab researcher Amal Al-Malki is the main author. Nevertheless, the statistics from a recent study show than a considerable proportion of Arab media continues to not even mention women at all. WoMen Dialogue has spoken with the author, role model and blogger Amal Al-Malki.
Make-or-break time for Egypt’s women >>
Violence towards women is a major problem in Egypt, but there was good news before the revolution broke out. Now a new parliamentary election is looming – an election which, according to one Egyptian expert, could spell bad news for victims of abuse.
When The Olive Turns ... Organic! >>
Souhad has devoted herself to an important challenge: changing the image of Gafasai which is affected by the cannabis cultivation. Souhad aims at turning her ancestral land into a nursery for organic farming and parallel activities in order to revalue the village's legacy.