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Baptism into the Women’s Movement

Posted on 12 January 2011 by

Oftentimes I have bits and pieces of news swirling around in my head, trying to make sense of them, until one day they fall into place in a sort of narrative that gels them together. And so it has been recently.

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I have been hard at work on the French edition of WLP’s political participation manual, which I find absolutely riveting. I was reading one personal story to my husband, then another, and another, exclaiming about the inspiration I draw from those, and commenting on my luck – “Can you believe this? Can you believe I get to work with these women? I know them! They know me!”…

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The Future Is Bright: Arab Youth at Tech Fest Ready for Social and Gender Justice

Posted on 05 November 2010 by

I was invited to participate in the Second Youth Tech Festival in Amman, Jordan that took place on August 7th – 8th, 2010. It was quite an interesting experience to meet with young people my age who are really enthusiastic, energetic and who demonstrate a great interest in effecting social change.

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Mbarka Bouaida on Women’s Rights and Role in Politics in Morocco

Posted on 18 October 2010 by

Mbarka Bouaida is a Moroccan parliamentarian and Chair of the parliament’s Committee of Foreign Affairs, National Defense and Religious Affairs. She contested under the women’s quota in 2007 and became the youngest member of parliament representing the Commune of Anfa in Casablanca. Now, after being elected for a second term outside the umbrella of the women’s quota, she represents Morocco in the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly. WLP interviewed Ms. Bouaida after she spoke about women’s political participation in Morocco at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Young Women and Feminism in Nicaragua: Passive Generation?

Posted on 20 August 2010 by

I feel a little bit worried. More than a little bit actually. Since I started to learn more about feminism I can see some things I didn’t before. Right now, everyone who knows me can tell you that I am a feminist, or at least that I am trying to be one. Sadly in Nicaragua that is a label that can diminish who you are and establish how seriously you can be taken.

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Jordanian Youth and Women to Lead the Way in November Elections

Posted on 20 July 2010 by

Coming up in the first week of August, Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan and WLP are launching the second Youth Tech Festival for 150 youth from across Jordan with a focus on preparing youth to participate in upcoming elections in November 2010. I am really excited to see what the outcomes of this year’s Youth Tech Festival will be! Last year’s Youth Tech Festival in Jordan was a resounding success as youth created campaigns and videos to combat violence against women. This year the participating youth will create independent projects with a focus on women’s political participation, reconvening in the fall to share their work and to celebrate. (Make sure to check back to see samples of their work.) It’s pretty amazing to see the creative initiatives these young activists come up with when they are inspired to lead change in their communities.

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Urgent Evoke: Online Learning as an Adventure Game

Posted on 02 July 2010 by

Some country in the Middle East. A woman senator, the proponent of a bill to give women equal rights to vote, has a problem. Sareh, an outspoken activist of the women’s rights movement, has been kidnapped and is being forced to issue statements that the parliament should NOT approve the women’s voting rights bill. The senator calls on Alchemy, who resides in Senegal and is the organizer of a secret network of stealth innovators. Alchemy issues an Urgent Evoke.

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Essay Contest: Audience Choice Awards & Certificates

Posted on 11 March 2010 by

The last announcement for WLP’s Youth Essay Contest – Audience Choice Awards.

Audience Choice Awards are given to the essays that generated the most number of comments and fostered substantive discussion on the topic. To recognize the contribution of a broader group of participants, prize winning essays were excluded from this category.

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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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Essay Contest Finalists: Group 2, Ages 18-25

Posted on 26 February 2010 by

As everyone already knows (probably due to our own frequent mentions of it :)), the youth essay contest announced to celebrate the 30th anniversary of CEDAW has been a resounding success. We had more than 100 essays from 33 countries.

It is only after we received all the essays and started reviewing them that we realized our predicament. There were so many excellent essays that it was extremely difficult to pick the dozen finalists. However, pick we have to, and the finalists in Group 2, Ages 18-25 (ordered by first name) are

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Essay Contest Finalists: Group 1, Ages 14-18

Posted on 19 February 2010 by

Almost immediately after we announced the youth essay contest to celebrate the 30th anniversary of CEDAW, there were numerous requests/suggestions to expand the age group to include contestants in the 14-18 age group. Bowing to this popular demand, we have decided to create a separate group (yay!) and add another to-be-determined prize (double yay!).

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Motivated Youth: Essays are In!

Posted on 02 February 2010 by

The United Nations has declared 2010 the International Year of Youth.

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Young Palestinians Reflect on Their Social Problems Through Plays

Posted on 29 September 2009 by

The other day, I spoke with Mona Hamed, from our partner organization in Palestine, Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), about events celebrating the assignment of Jerusalem as the Arab Cultural Capital for 2009.  She told me about two plays that young leaders at WATC co-created with Afkar Youth Theater and presented to a wide audience.

One play, “A Woman, but…” was presented in Ramallah city on June 22, 2009, where around 100 people attended.  The other play, “The Game” was presented in Gaza on June 23, 2009 and was attended by around 200 people.  The attendees of both plays were females and males from varying ages and provinces, but predominantly youth leaders and representatives of women’s and human rights organizations.

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