Articles from Web Magazine

  • 25.08.10
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    The delicate balance between children and careers
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    “My generation is inclined to believe that the only thing that counts in life is work. But we ought to appreciate the fact that women also have children – and we should support them in this rather than criticise them for "not making use of their education" as many experts claim,” explains 26-year-old Jordanian feminist, Hiba Kandalaft.
  • 29.06.10
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    Prostitution of poverty or sexual self-determination?
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    Never before in Denmark have so many different opinions been voiced in the trafficking debate. This article examines the different feminist perspectives towards this transnational and transgressive phenomenon – a phenomenon which has become a contentious topic on today’s political agenda.
  • 07.06.10
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    Danish help to women victims of violence
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    The Danish best-seller novel ‘Kongemordet’ (Regiside) by Hanne-Vibeke Holst was dramatised and broadcast on Danish TV in 2008 attracting impressive audience numbers. Thousands of Danes followed the drama series which revolved around a high-level politician who beat and raped his wife for years until she finally sought help at a women’s shelter. Once here, her nightmare ended – as did the career of her husband.
  • 07.06.10
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    Spotlight on women experts
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    Lebanon just published a database of women experts to enhance the visibility of women in media and business
  • 20.05.10
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    Threshold of Pain
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    Immigrant women risk being trapped in marriages with violent men as a consequence of Danish immigration laws. To obtain permanent residency, a woman must have lived in the country for seven years and cannot leave a violent marriage in this period without facing deportation.
  • 12.05.10
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    Nawal Al-Saadawi: I am the voice of the silent majority
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    “If society remains overwhelmingly oppressive, women cannot gain more rights”, says Nawal Al-Saadawi. The 78-year-old Egyptian author and self-proclaimed feminist is known worldwide for her keen political beliefs. On 8 March, she visited Copenhagen to participate in the 100th anniversary celebrations of International Women’s Day.
  • 12.05.10
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    Arab-Danish translators bridging cultures
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    Works of fiction and religious texts provide a gateway into other people’s language, thoughts and cultures. This is the view of translators Ellen Wulff and May Tchelebi who work translating from Danish to Arabic and Arabic to Danish. The two are keen to stress that translations promote understanding of different ways of life and different ways of thinking.
  • 14.04.10
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    International Women’s Day – is it relevant today?
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    To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a number of the world’s leading women thinkers met at a conference held at The Black Diamond building in Copenhagen. And FORUM was there to report the events of the day.
  • 14.04.10
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    Headscarves in Danish workplaces
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    In the past ten years, the right of Muslim women to wear a headscarf in the workplace has been hotly debated in Denmark. New legislative proposals forbidding headscarves and other forms of religious covering appear on the political agenda with increasing regularity.
  • 27.01.10
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    Danish-Arab initiative for women victims of violence
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    Over the past three decades attitudes in the Middle East towards violence against women have been changing. However, there is still a long way to go. Not only is there a severe lack of adequate legislation in this area but society still shows little understanding towards the women affected. This is a view shared by the women running women’s shelters across the Arab region.
  • 27.01.10
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    Change in legislation - fall in violence
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    Changes in Morocco’s family laws have resulted in a fall in the number of women affected by violence in Morocco, explains Fatima Outaleb. In Morocco, concealing a married woman is illegal. As a result, Fatima Outaleb and the others at the shelter in Rabat find themselves operating in somewhat of a grey area.
  • 27.01.10
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    Making a contribution to Egyptian society
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    - The women need so much more help than just a roof over their head”, explains Zeinab Mohammad Hassan Moharrem, who runs a shelter in Egypt.
  • 27.01.10
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    Reluctant to seek help – despite the need
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    “This year, Yemen will see the opening of its third women’s shelter. And it’s very much needed as violence against women is on the rise”, explains Salma Ahmed Dhaif Allah.
  • 27.01.10
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    Talented Jordanian woman conquers the danish football
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    Her footballing really began to take off when she was seven years old, when the first Jordanian national women’s team was created. And Stephanie AlNaber has been a fan of the national team ever since. Since debuting in 2004 with the Amman club Shabab Al Ordon (Youth of Jordan), this young woman has continued to make her living from sport.
  • 07.01.10
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    The first woman film director in Saudi Arabia
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    - My work is dedicated to bringing about political, social and economic change for Arab women”, tells Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first female film director. FORUM met her during the Dox Box 2009 documentary film festival in Damascus, at which her award-winning film Women without Shadows was screened.
  • 19.11.09
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    What is mentoring?
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    KVINFO’s program for immigrant and refugee women in Denmark has helped to start a new trend in mentoring and networking. This article examines standard, well known mentoring models and shows what happens when feminist values are incorporated into the equation.
  • 19.11.09
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    Mobilising the general public
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    Not only is KVINFO’s Mentor Network the largest of its kind in the world, but it’s also one of the most successful integration projects in Denmark. Integration initiatives are often characterised by project after project being tried out, started up, and then shut down. Often, the main stumbling block is the lack of people willing to take part. But that’s not the case here.
  • 19.11.09
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    KVINFO’s Mentor Network – a growing nationwide network
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    KVINFO’s Mentor Network is a great Danish success story. From day one, the Mentor Network attracted many participants and was quick to receive official recognition. Today, seven years later, the network is to be found in five Danish cities.
  • 19.11.09
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    A good match
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    Since the beginning of 2003, more than 2000 individual mentoring programmes have been initiated. Each individual mentoring programme is tailored around the mentee's dreams and wishes for her future life in Denmark. And because each programme is customised to the mentee’s individual situation, finding a good match requires more than one approach.
  • 16.06.09
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    Made in Denmark?
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    Is adoption all good? Researcher Lene Myong Petersen takes a critical look with feminist eyes at the phenomenon transnational adoption – the subject of her prize-winning doctoral thesis.

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