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Learning Democracy: A Conversation with Egypt’s Amel Abdel Hadi

Posted on 28 January 2013 by

by Olivia Alabaster for CRTD.A WLP Lebanon

On the sidelines of the conference, Amel Abdel Hadi, one of the founders of the New Woman Foundation in Egypt, spoke about her work with the coalition and the situation in her own country.

While the women’s movement has been gaining more and more support over the years, the Arab revolts have given a new dimension to the cause, Abdel Hadi said,

This revolutionary era has also strengthened the Equality Without Reservation coalition, she added.

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Challenges in Reforming the Personal Status Code: Perspectives from MENA

Posted on 28 January 2013 by

By Olivia Alabaster for CRTD.A

On the second day of the conference, participants discussed the Personal Status laws, from the achievements gained so far, to the key challenges which lie ahead and how best to move forward.

3651463162_7c882e7ea3_oAsha al-Karib provided an insightful history of the Sudanese women’s movement, and explained how many of the freedoms and advances that women gained by the 1960s – equal pay, the first woman in parliament, the right to become a judge in the Supreme Court – began to disappear with the arrival of civil war in the early 1980s.

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Women must continue to fight for equal rights, conference urges

Posted on 25 January 2013 by

By Olivia Alabaster for WLP Lebanon/CRTD-A

In the first session of the Equality Without Reservation conference Thursday, an emphasis was placed on the need to continuously work for women’s rights, even once conventions have been signed.sans-titre

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Activists warn that Arab women being ignored in post-revolutionary period at opening of EWR conference

Posted on 25 January 2013 by

By Olivia Alabaster for WLP Lebanon/CRTD-A

While the overwhelming majority of states in the MENA region have ratified CEDAW, (only Sudan, Somalia and Palestine are not states party to the Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women) many have done so with reservations or without genuine implementation on the ground.

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Preparing a Young Generation of Activists & Leaders

Posted on 11 July 2012 by

The Global-TOT moves to Morocco

My first visit to Morocco was back in the spring of 1995, in the midst of the frenzy of the preparations for the UN 4th Conference on Women (Beijing, September 1995).  I was to meet and connect with feminist organisations there and engage on potential actions within and beyond the framework of the 4th Conference.  That was when I first met brilliant feminists who were to become my greatest friends.  My first encounter with Rabea Naciri and Amina Lemrini was an amazing entry into the world of feminist struggle in the Maghreb countries.  Ever since then, I became intimately involved with the amazing work of the Association Democratique des Femmes du Maroc.

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Feminists Convene in Rabat to Strategize on Women’s Equality after the Arab Spring

Posted on 25 May 2011 by

ADFM hosts the meeting of the Equality without Reservation Regional Coalition in Rabat to discuss transitions in the MENA region and the prospective role of the Coalition.

The Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc hosted an extraordinary meeting of the Equality without Reservation Regional Coalition in Rabat on May 19, 2011, in order to review these changes that have swept the region and their implication on the present and future of women’s rights. Whilst the current transitional period is bringing opportunities for change, there are nevertheless a number of concrete challenges and worrisome trends emerging, notably in relation to women’s participation in the emerging states as well as the increasing role and visibility of conservative religious groups.

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Hope for a Revolution with a New Ending: Democracy & Women’s Rights in Egypt

Posted on 02 March 2011 by

A new day has dawned in Egypt. The dictator has been brought down. Euphoria is in the air. How will women fare as euphoria yields to reality?

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Nicaragua

Posted on 23 December 2010 by

One of the things I love the most about participating in this blog is that I get to share with you my thoughts, but also (and most important) I get to read about other experiences around the world.

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False Arguments for Banning Appointment of Women to Egypt’s State Council

Posted on 23 July 2010 by

FWID’s Statement Concerning Counselor Adel Farghali’s Press Release

The Forum for Women in Development expresses its deepest sorrow for the shocking and offensive statement by Counselor Adel Farghali, the chairman of the committee discussing the appointment of women in the State Council. Counselor Farghali said that the experience of female judges has proven a failure, which contradicts the truth. A lot of people as well as the reality itself have witnessed the efficiency and commitment of women in the positions they have occupied.

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Joining Hands: Zimbabwe Set to Enact Women’s Empowerment Legislation

Posted on 20 July 2010 by

The Third Session of the Seventh Parliament meeting, which opened recently in Harare, will see 23 bills being presented for debate. These include the Women’s Council Bill, which will facilitate the establishment of an organ to coordinate the implementation of women’s empowerment programmes—a welcome development and a golden opportunity for women’s empowerment in Zimbabwe. According to local media reports, “the Government has also set up a Women’s Development Fund, which will provide loans to women without the need for collateral security.” The Fund was allocated US $1 million under the current budget. The Zimbabwe Electoral Amendment, Electoral Commission Amendment, Referendums Amendment and the Human Rights Commission Bills were among other proposed laws tabled during the session.

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WLP at the 54th Commission on the Status of Women

Posted on 11 March 2010 by

2020 Vision: Mobilizing for women’s rights and eliminating violence against women
New School, March 5th 2010

The UN Fourth Conference on Women which was held in Beijing in 1994 was certainly a global landmark as it represented the culmination of women’s activism worldwide and the recognition of women’s rights as human rights.

The exhilaration that accompanied the Beijing conference did not take long to wither and fade.  Indeed, most governments failed to honor their commitments towards women. 

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Youth Essay Contest Winners

Posted on 05 March 2010 by

The winners in the youth essay contest announced to celebrate the 30th anniversary of CEDAW were announced at a special event at the 54th UN Commission on the Status of Women.

And the winners are…

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