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Kalthoum Kennou
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Woman Running for President Shows Tunisia’s Arab Spring Progress
In a life spanning colonial rule, war, autocracy and revolution, Tunis resident Halima never saw a reason to vote. A chance meeting in a souk earlier this month gave her one. She was introduced to Kalthoum Kannou, who has three children, a long...
Elections in Tunisia 2014 Women
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Few women on Tunisian parliamentary poll lists
Tunisia, despite being the most advanced Arab nation in terms of women's rights, is still fare from adhering fully to the principles enshrined in the January 2014 Constitution and from abiding by the ratification of international treaties in daily...
Ikram Ben Said
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Tunisia’s Sister of the Revolution
Ikram Ben Said took part in the Arab Spring's first successful uprising — and then realized that the struggle for women's rights in Tunisia was just beginning One of the ironies of the 2011 revolution in Tunisia is that while it was a step forward...
Monday, January 27, 2014
Helen Clark, Top UN Official, Warns Against Syria Intervention At Women Of The Year Lecture
One of the UN's most senior leaders has warned against Western intervention in Syria, drawing on her experience as prime minister of New Zealand when she decided not to take the country to war with Iraq. Helen Clark, who was a Labour prime minister...
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Status of Women’s Rights – Post-Arab Spring
When citizens in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) took to the streets in early 2011 in demonstrations that toppled autocratic regimes, one after another, a new democratic rule with more rights and representation for all, including women, were...
Monday, November 11, 2013
Arab Spring nations backtrack on women's rights
Arab women played a central role in the Arab Spring, but their hopes the revolts would bring greater freedom and expanded rights for women have been thwarted by entrenched patriarchal structures and the rise of Islamists, gender experts in the...
Friday, September 06, 2013
Constituent Assembly’s female representation shows poor quantity, good quality: women’s rights activists
While the Constituent Assembly may be lacking in quantity of female representation, the chosen members are of good quality, women’s rights activists and female politicians have said. The assembly has five female members: Azza El Ashmawy,...
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Egyptian Wants More Women in Politics
Director of Appropriate Communication Techniques for Development (ACT) in Cairo, since 1990 Kamel has prepared Egyptian women to run for political office while advocating laws that uphold women's rights and criminalize domestic violence. During the...
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Sexual violence aims to drive women out of Egyptian politics
Violence against female protesters was a terrifying hallmark of the unrest that led to the fall of the Morsi government. Local NGOs documente more than 100 reports of sexual violence, including rape, between June 30 and July 3, the day of the “coup-...
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Politics, Elections and the “Reality” of Women’s Rights in Kuwait
Political authoritarianism has been constant feature in the Arab political systems, and despite the ongoing “Arab Spring,” there is a continuing tendency to prevent women from freely participating in political processes. Recently, a handful of Arab...
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Shirin Ebadi Urges Arab Women to Keep the Faith
 "The main obstacle for post-revolutionary Arab women is a "patriarchal culture" that imposes a false interpretation on Islam." On the sideline of an April 2 conference hosted by Columbia University Law School, Shirin Ebadi, who in 2003 became the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tunisia: Mixed Messages for Women
Is the glass half full or half empty? After the tumult of the Arab Spring, that is the question posed by and for many women affected by the uprisings when it comes to preserving or expanding their rights. Mr. Ben Ali “gave women some rights,” Ms....