Research, documentation and information on gender related issues
Married women in Lebanon who suffer abuse at home remain at the mercy of the country’s multitude of religious courts, because the hard-fought civil law against domestic violence has been stalled for a vote in parliament since the summer. One woman demanding a divorce and custody rights is Aisha, a 24-year-old mother of four originally from the Bekaa Valley, whose abusive husband forced her into prostitution.
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.
On the occasion of the 10 years of the reformed Moroccan family code, KVINFO, the Danish Center for Research and Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity, is pleased to invite you to the conference "Family Code + 10: Experiences and Ways Forward."
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.
'The expert women in Palestine are silently working, and the media don’t focus on their work,’ says Maali Abbadi. She is the editor for the Who is She- database in Palestine, that is launched today with the purpose of giving a solution to the problem spoken of. Who is She Palestine is the latest of a number of databases created by KVINFO and partners in cooperation in countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The Palestinian version is established together with med INSAN Center for Women and Gender Studies på AlQuds University.
‘Highlighting a large number of prominent women, they will get recognition of their community; also professional women will get opportunities to participate actively in all levels, says Fadwa Al Labadi, researcher and teacher at INSAN Center; she was director of the center when the cooperation regarding the database began.
The database with women experts was launched in its first version by KVINFO in 1995 with the name KVINFOs Ekspertdatabase. Since then Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon have got their own versions of Who is She, and versions in Tunisia and Morocco are underway.
The Middle East and North Africa were the only regions not to improve in the past year, with Yemen at the bottom, with regards to the World Economic Forum Gender gap index, of which the 2013 report has just been launched. The list measures on political participation, economic equality and rights like education and health.Overall, the report, entitled Global Gender Gap Report 2013, found Iceland to be the most advanced country in the world in terms of gender equality for the fifth year running. Denmark is ranked number 8 on the list of 136 countries.
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.
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.