Category Archives: Political participation

Political Cauldron Boils on U.N. Women’s Rights

In this article, Amy Leiberman discusses the outcomes of this year’s UN Global Gathering of Women. While the gathering did produce conclusions via a 17 page document on the issue of violence against women, it is heavily criticized by many within gender and women’s … Continue reading

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Mona el-Tahawy and Leila Ahmed discuss FP “Why do they hate us” piece

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9Z0DB2XOoHc

Posted in Activism, civil liberties, Dictatorships, Female genital cutting, Freedom of women, Gender Equality, Gender in the Middle East, Gender-based violence, Human rights, Patriarchy, Political participation, Religion, Women | 20 Comments

Mona el-Tahawy on Lack of Women’s Progress and the Firestorm that followed

Here is an article that appeared in Foreign Policy, which sent Twitter, FB, and all forms of social media buzzing:  http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/23/why_do_they_hate_us?page=0,0 discussing “the real war on women.” For an example of a response, see http://neocolonialthoughts.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/a-response-to-mona-el-tahawy/

Posted in Activism, civil liberties, Dictatorships, Freedom of women, Gender Equality, Gender in Africa, Gender in the Middle East, Gender-based violence, Patriarchy, Political participation, Sexual assault, Women | 2 Comments

Arab Spring is frosty for Women According Qatari Author

In an interview with al-Jazeera, a Qatari author discusses the (non)impact the Arab Spring on women:  http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2012/04/201242111373249723.html .

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A Subjective View of the Iranian Revolution in Dalia Sofer’s The Septembers of Shiraz

Dalia Sofer recreates her heartbreaking childhood story illustrating the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution in her novel, The Septembers of Shiraz. Sofer’s story is inspired by her own childhood story and takes place in the 1980’s in the United States, … Continue reading

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Passionate Plea for Student Participation

As ECU gears up for its Open House next month, this article by my friend and colleague Khaled Fahmy struck me as fascinating, pleading for student participation in politics: http://www.egyptindependent.com/node/709376

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Patriarchy, Revolution, & the Female Body in Egypt

My colleague and friend Khaled Fahmy wrote this fascinating piece in al-Masry al-Youm: http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/592711

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Women Fight Veiling Ban in France

Women Fight Veiling Ban

Posted in Activism, civil liberties, Culture, Freedom of women, Gender Equality, Gender mainstreaming, Human rights, Legislation, Political participation, Religion, Tradition | 6 Comments

Humanitarian Organizations Must Involve Refugee Women in Planning Reproductive Health Programs

–Rachel Girmus In 2009, the UN Refugee Agency reported that 21.8 million worldwide are “persons of concern;” these include refugees, internally displaced persons, and stateless persons, spread over 140 countries. Of these, 80% are women and children who fled their … Continue reading

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Turkish Parliamentary news

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=transsexual-candidate-nominees-to-be-elected-for-political-parties-2011-04-01 Transsexual to run for parliament only so that she can get rid of her own job–she thinks government is too big. M Russell

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