Women in the Public Sphere
In 2012, 979 women volunteered to join up with the Danish military's four month-long basic conscription programme. This is nearly double the number of female volunteers who signed up in 2011, when women made up 9.5 percent of the programme's privates.
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A Danish-Moroccan book project reverses the stereotypical images of Moroccan women. The book Moroccan women: Invisible success stories contains personal stories told by 14 successfull Moroccan women from all levels of society and in business life, meant to inspire other women. The book was launched in Denmark earlier this week with attendance from among others the Moroccan ambassador, Raja Ghannam. Head of KVINFO's MENA department, Lisbeth Pilegaard, said in her presentation that the book is a farewell to the conception of Moroccan women as victims, fragile individuals that do not participate in society. The book is produced as a part of KVINFO's bilateral project Women Economic Decision Making and Leadership.
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
The Arab Spring gave Yemen’s women a public voice and a visible face. But the revolution has faded without changing anything for millions who are married too young and shut away in mud huts for the rest of their lives.
Read more at thedailybeast.com
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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From the earliest beginnings of its state-run education system in 1926 until this year, Saudi Arabia has forbidden photographs of women in all school textbooks. Only drawings have been permissible. Not anymore.
Transitions taking place in the region are igniting debate on the need for Arab women to seize the opportunity to push for their rights and ensure their engagement in the decision-making process, researchers said on Monday. In light of fears that the Arab Spring is “leaving women out in the cold and failing to make them reap its gains”, platforms to debate gender equality are more important than ever, they added in a seminar titled “Women Making Change”.
Read more at jordantimes.com
Fifty-nine newly appointed judges, including 31 women, will receive training on the profession's code of ethics, human rights and approaches for handling gender-sensitive cases under a new project implemented by the Arab Women's Legal Network (AWLN).
Read more at zawya.com
Women run only 3% of world's largest firms but more powerful than seven years ago. New research by CTPartners Executive Search Inc. said women CEOs at the world's largest corporations may not have made great progress in terms of numbers but have at least made up for it in terms of running larger and more powerful companies.
Read more at zawya.com