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.
Can you be a Muslim and be supportive of same-sex marriages? Why doesn’t forced marriage have anything to do with Islam? Was the Prophet’s wife a front runner regarding equal rights within marriage?
Meet three Muslim women who aren’t afraid of being controversial and who are anything but traditional and predictable.
The event is free of charge and will be held on Tuesday November 20th at the Black Diamond in Copenhagen.
Read more about the event and register at kvinfo.dk
Huda Lutfi will talk about female representation in Cairo’s street art during the revolution under the headline "Gender Representation and Graffiti Art post January 2011".
Danish DJ and artist Katrine Ring will introduce Huda Lutfi and facilitate the discussion upon Huda Lutfi’s presentation. The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute and KVINFO are arranging the event that is free, open for all, in English and will take place on Oct. 23rd at KVINFO’s library.
Read more about the event (in Danish)
Read an interview with Huda Lutfi at womendialogue.org
If the Danish Minister for health issues, Astrid Krag is elected for party chairman of the SPP, the left wing party leaders will all be female.
In the opposition, the right wing appears to be moving towards all-male leadership, as Pia Kjærsgaard named Kristian Thulesen Dahl as her successor to head the Danish People's Party when she steps down this month.
Read more at dr.dk
How many women are represented in the Tunisian parliament? Do women in Iraq have the right to seek divorce? And in which countries is abortion legal? Find the answers to these and many more questions in this country overview that offers information on women’s rights in the Middle East, North Africa and Denmark. For each country you will find facts on women and education, women’s legal and civil rights, women’s status on the labour market and other relevant information.
On 2 June KVINFO became a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) – a network of more than 80 human rights organizations and institutions in Europe and the Mediterranean area. The decision to admit KVINFO as a member was made on the network’s general assembly in Copenhagen, running from 31 May to 3 June. Organisations from 30 countries in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa are part of the network, including many countries where KVINFO has established partnerships.
Read more about EMHRN here