“The main goal of Maharat is to build capacity. It is an employability programme; it aims at building capacities of youths, to provide them with all the skills they need in the labour market. We came up with 10 competences that have to do with behaviour,” said Nayef Z. Stetieh, president and CEO of BDC.'
Read more at jordantimes.com
The 3rd Arab Women Sports Tournament, which will take place in Sharjah from Febrary 2-12 2014, will cover seven different forms of athletics to be contested by the clubs, namely basketball, volleyball, table tennis, shooting, fencing, archery, and track and field. The event will be held under the patronage of Shaikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
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.
Years of war and insecurity in Iraq have had a devastating impact on society generally, and women in particular. Majid Ahmed Salih discusses the issues of gender inequality under Iraqi law, widowhood and orphanhood as results of war, and the exploitation of Iraqi women in the international sex industry.
Read more at Peace and Conflict Monitor.
In the UAE, according to a report by Al Masah Capital, women own or run about 30 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Arab Women Leadership Outlook suggests that one in every eight firms in the Middle East and North Africa region is female-owned and more than 30 per cent of women entrepreneurs in the region owned large firms employing more than 250 workers.
Read more at The National.
KVINFO and our Moroccan partner organisations present some of the joint projects and programmes to the Danish Crown Princess Mary who is visiting Morocco these days. Focus for the visit is on stopping and preventing gender based violence.
Saudi Arabia's cabinet has passed a ban on domestic violence and other forms of abuse against women for the first time in the Kingdom's history.
The cabinet approved the ban on physical or sexual violence earlier this week, which applies both at home or within the work place.
Read more at The Independent.
Critics are fuming at a leaked song from pop sensation Lady Gaga’s upcoming album, decrying it for objectifying Muslim women. The song in question is currently unnamed, but rumors suggest it will be named Burqa.
Meanwhile, a Pakistani cartoon is being praised for empowering the gender. Burqa Avenger is a cartoon featuring a Pakistani school teacher who fights crime and promotes women’s education, while disguising her superhero identity with a burqa.
Read more at Washington Post.
Watch the first episode of Burka Avenger where the super-heroine advises a group of school girls to make books and pens their best friends if they want to be successful.