The Middle East
Arab women played a central role in the Arab Spring, but their hopes the revolts would bring greater freedom and expanded rights for women have been thwarted by entrenched patriarchal structures and the rise of Islamists, gender experts in the countries say.
Join a public debate and a series of presentations on Islamic feminism in light of the Arab Uprisings of 2011. Panelists in the discussion are Professor Omaima Abu Bakr, Cairo University, Sheikh Gamal Qutb, Islamic scholar and former chairman of Azhar Fatwa Committee, and the Danish Minister of Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach.
A core KVINFO initiative, Ekspertdatabasen, which is a database on women experts in various fields, has been appointed a best practice by the European Institute for Gender Equality, EIGE. The database has been the model for the similar Who is She databases that are currently running in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Palestine and are under construction in Tunisia and Morocco as partnership projects between KVINFO and a local parner.
Women experts constitute only 24.4 % of media expert, an English study shows, and during the Irish EU presidency women and media had special attention as a focus area.
A total of 14 European best practices have been appointed.
A group of Saudi activists has begun another campaign to lift the ban on women driving, urging women to get behind the wheel on 26 October in defiance, according to its website.
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Women in the Middle East often suffer more aggressive forms of breast cancer than Western women, researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar ( WCMC-Q) have found . WCMC-Q’s Assistant Dean for Basic Science Curriculum, Dr Lotfi Chouchane, the lead author of the research report, said that Arab populations had some particularities in terms of cancer, especially breast cancer, and also that the clinical features of breast cancer among Arab women were different from other populations.
A specialised training programme to educate Arab investigators on ˜Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence as International Crimes' opened at the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Center (RLAC) on Sunday. The programme aims to train Arab investigators and translators specialising in investigating cases of violence against women in communities where the rule of law is absent. This round is held under the sponsorship of the Qatari Attorney-General in collaboration with the UN Women, Justice Rapid Response (JRR), the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI) and governments of the USA, Liechtenstein, Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Finland and Switzerland.
AnaZahra brings home the silver as the 2nd most powerful lifestyle website, according to Forbes Middle East 2012 ranking of online media in the Arab world. The site has the declared goal of remaining the 'primary destination for the connected Arabic woman for premium content, continuously serving knowledge and expertise that enriches her daily life.'
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The Global Entrepreneurship Summit – Entrepreneurial Ventures of Arabia (GES-EVA) held at the Dubai World Trade Centre put the spotlight on promoting women entrepreneurship in the SME sector regionally. The experts said that it is imperative to continue to create the foundation for promoting women entrepreneurship to enable them to excel and develop their businesses by learning from the experiences of the successful Arab women entrepreneurs.
Read more at tradeandexportme.com
Also, read: 60% of companies globally now have women representation on their Boards of Directors at ameeinfo.com
In the wake of recent developments during the Arab Spring and its intense media coverage, a deceivingly straightforward question arose; Where are the women? Although women actually played a pivotal role in every country during its transition period, they were still widely portrayed as “victims” or “sexual objects”, leaving to men the role of the “leader”, the “hero” or the “expert”.
EMHRN’s gender media guide’s ambitious aim is to correct this misconception by bringing to light a more gender balanced media coverage of women in transition countries.
Read more and download the guide at euromedrights.org
Women stood at the forefront of the Arab Spring, taking to the streets shoulder to shoulder with men in an effort to overturn oppressive old orders. But while their efforts have seen dictators ousted and reforms introduced, the greater rights for women many hoped would emerge from the upheaval have not materialized.
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