Women's participation in the public sphere
The 25 January was a pivotal day for Omneia Naguib. She was 22 years old and had up until then lived a reasonably normal life – at least as normal as it sounds when she tells about growing up in a middle-class home in a Cairo suburb with a stay-at-home mother and a father who goes out to work.
Idea of marathon in Palestine started as a joke
Photographs: Tanya Habjouqa
AMMAN – With less than a week to go before the Jordanian parliamentary elections, women’s groups in Jordan have been busy supporting female candidates and calling on women voters to head to the polls and vote for their peers next Tuesday.
“In the West, we’re used to thinking that ‘all good things go together’. But increased rights for women is not necessarily the same as democratisation. Several countries have discovered that doing something for ‘the poor Muslim woman’ makes sense,” tells Julie Pruzan-Jørgensen.
KVINFO, Centre for Culture and Development, the Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute, and Dansk PEN joined together to collaborate on a major project for Danish and Arab women bloggers. The workshop took place at the end of May 2010 in Cairo, Egypt.
Arabic Digital Expression (in Arabic)
Christina Juhlin (in Danish)
Kolenalaila (in Arabic)
Manal Hassan (In Arabic and English)
Meiroun (in Arabic)
Mona Hamad (in Arabic)
Samar Abdel Jaber (in Arabic)
Solidarity maps (in Arabic)
Torture in Egypt (in Arabic)
Viktoria Wendel Skousen (in Danish and English)
Zaghroda (in Arabic)
We approach our landing into Cairo in the midst of a sandstorm. For half an hour, my plane circles in an orange-brown haze. All the people in the plane are silent.
Being a typical international flight - Austrian Air from Vienna to Cairo - we are quite a mixed bunch.
- MA Development Studies (Major in Women, Gender and Development and Minor in Child and Youth Studies in Haag)
- Institute of Social Studies, The University in Hague- Holland in 2007-2008
- Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law- Diploma in the Equal Status and Human Rights of women in the Middle East and North Africa in 2006-2007
“When you look at the reports that are published each year about gender, the first thing that is always mentioned is the low level of participation by women within the Jordanian labour market. Women are always criticised for not working, despite being so well educated – and men are criticised for not allowing the women to work,” tells 26-year-old Jordanian feminist, Hiba Kandalaft.
The Nuqul Group was founded in 1952 by Palestinian-born Elia Costandi Nuqul. Having fled to Jordan, he went on to attend university in Lebanon. Upon completing his education, he started the company by importing hygienic paper products. Since then, the family-owned company has expanded and diversified into many different business areas. Today, the Nuqul Group is a conglomerate of 32 regional and global companies with over 6,000 employees in and outside Jordan exporting products to more than 45 countries. The company is renowned for its broad diversity and wide range of business interests ranging from paper and printing to construction and car imports.
“If we want to maintain our competitive edge, we need to be aware of diversity in a broad perspective so as to be able to tap the full potential of talent.
It is hardly a secret that men dominate the public sphere in most parts of the world, also in the Arab world. The past generation, however, women have gained ground as their access to education and jobs has grown. This accumulated talent, however, is not reflected in for instance media exposure and business leadership.