160 housewives have received training on basic plumbing from the Jordanian Business Women’s Forum (JBWF).
Hayat Bakir, director of the training project at the JBWF, says:
"Female plumbers in our community are not common... But maybe the fact that many housewives face plumbing problems on a daily basis and can’t allow a [male] plumber inside their houses in the absence of their husbands, should give rise to more female plumbers in Jordan."
Read more at Jordan Times.
“This displacement is not only about loss of homes and economic security. It is also, for many, accompanied by gender-based crimes, deliberate victimization of women and children and a frightening array of assaults on human dignity,” she says.
Read more at UN News Centre.
“I never thought I would have fewer rights in my own country at the age of sixty than I did when I was twenty.” So said an Egyptian mother to her son – and it made him reflect.
Ahmed Kadry, a PhD student at Imperial College London, writes:
For all the arguing about constitutional clauses protecting women’s rights and all the media exposure on the countless incidents of sexual harassment we read and hear about daily, we are perhaps further away than ever from both understanding and preventing the continuation of Egypt being a “male dominated” society.
Read more at OpenDemocracy.
Researchers are taking a new path to disclose and keep track of rape in the Syrian conflict.
The Women Under Siege project is live-tracking how sexualised violence is being used in Syria. Part of the tracking is reports on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
The project’s crowdmap keeps an up-to-date tally in visual form: Incidents of sexual violence are represented by dots on a map – the larger the dot, the more reports of rape.
Go to the Women Under Siege’s Syrian crowdmap
Read more about Women Under Siege
United Nations officials joined millions of people around the world who are taking a stance against violence against women as part of the ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign on February 14th.
“The global pandemic of violence against women and girls thrives in a culture of discrimination and impunity,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message for the occasion. “We must speak out.”
Read more at un.org
How about taking a few dance steps at work on Thursday? By doing so, you can join the international efforts to end violence against women.
This year, the global V-Day celebrates its 15th anniversary. On February 14th, millions of people around the globe will show their support for the anti-violence fight by taking up the challenge issued by the organization One Billion Rising: Dance, strike, or rise to show that you want the violence to stop.
The work to end violence against women is also the theme of the UN’s 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
It takes place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013 under the headline, Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
KVINFO (the Danish Centre for Information on Research and Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity) participates in the Danish delegation to the Commission’s session together with Parliamentarians and women’s NGO.
Read more and get ideas for action for the February 14th V-Day at One Billion Rising.
Read more about the UN commission session at UN Women.
Wednesday February 13th is International Purple Hijab Day combating domestic violence in the Arab World.
The organisation Voice of Libyan Women encourages women and men to wear purple on this day: A hijab, a scarf, a tie. Or – simply – a pair of purple socks.
Read more at The Libya Initiative.
See photos from last year’s Purple Hijab Day and follow this year’s coverage at Voice of Libyan Women.
Photo: The Voice of Libyan Women / Facebook
DVK Group, an international commodity trading and financial boutique, has announced plans to launch a Shariah-compliant fund targeted at women in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
The multi-asset DVK GCC Shariah Women’s Fund has a capital target of up to $500m.
Deepak Kuntawala, the company’s founder and chairman, believes that a fund focused on women in the Middle East will find good opportunities for both organisers and investors.
“During all my trips and interaction with the GCC, we recognised there was a huge potential with respect to women,” he said.
“There are some very inspiring leading women spearheading outstanding businesses.”
Read more at menafm.com
“We realize that women in Jordan still face many problems and that there are discriminatory clauses that have to be addressed and we need the (women’s, ed.) movement’s knowledge and experience in this regard.” With this statement, MP Falak Jamaani invited Jordanian women to list their demands for issues to be fought for in Parliament. Jamaani is one of 18 women in the 150-member Lower House in the Kingdom.
Read more at JordanTimes.com
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.'
Read more at uaereview.com