Increasing Muslim Women’s Significance through Mediatization, Part II

Yesterday, I went over the presentations at the NVIC conference “Female Actors in the Egyptian Islamic Public Sphere-Increasing Significance through Increasing Mediatization;” today, I’ll cover the speakers’ day.Four female speakers were invited, representing different messages and perspectives. The speakers were Dalia Younis, a final year medical student who is the moderator for her mother’s website and preaching business; Dr. Suzan, a neurophysiology professor who is also a female preacher; K … [Read more...]

Increasing Muslim Women’s Significance through Mediatization, Part I

A very interesting workshop was organized on November 24-25 by the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC) titled: “Female Actors in Islamic Public Sphere - Increasing Significance through Increasing Mediatization.” This was a great conference, and I wish I could recap it all for you. But I'll keep my review to the media-related panels.Maria Roeder from Mannheim University discussed how private life could be highly political: she raised the questions of who is defining what is public and … [Read more...]

The One Day, One Struggle Campaign

November 9th was the second international “One Day, One Struggle” campaign, organized by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslims Societies (CSBR). Fifty participants from 20 human rights organizations, universities, and municipalities from 12 countries from the Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia worked together to call for public attention for issues such as sexual education, sexual health, bodily autonomy, LGBT rights, sexual diversity in Islam, and sexuality and S … [Read more...]

Free Samar: Saudi Bloggers Rally for Samar Al Badawi

When 32-year-old divorcee Samar Al Badawi went to Jeddah court to challenge a “filial ingratitude” complaint filed by her father, the judge rejected her claims and ruled in favor of her father. And despite documented physical abuse, previous court rulings to lift her father’s guardianship, and even a royal order to send her to an abused women’s shelter from governor of Mecca Prince Khalid al-Faisal, the judge sent her to prison. This was a year ago, and Al Bawadi has not been released or seen her … [Read more...]

Al Jazeera’s Wardrobe Malfunction

The Short version:Time: A few months ago.Action: Eight female journalists working for Al Jazeera network signed an official complaint against Deputy Editor Ayman Jaballah, stating that they have been harassed by his comments on their appearance.Reaction: The network ordered an investigation.Then:Time: Last month.Action: The network reported it was within its legal rights to dictate the appearance of its on-air presenters.Reaction: Five of the eight presenters quit in protest.The … [Read more...]

Iskandar’s Republic of Concubines

“We have no girls here that work with their degrees. Our girls are pampered. Everything she wants is at her service.”“Assuming I agree that you work, what would we do about your beauty? Your job is taking care of my heart ...isn’t it enough that you're the president of the republic of my heart?” Activists protest Iskandar's song in Beirut. Image via Alexandra Sandels/Los Angeles Times.These words are from Lebanese singer Mohammed Iskandar’s latest single Jomhouriyet Albi (“The republic of m … [Read more...]

Salwa Says, “Speak Up!”

When Doha had to jump out of her cab three times after being assaulted by the drivers in broad daylight, she knew she had to do something about it. So she has joined a growing number of women in Lebanon who speak out against sexual harassment.A local non-government organization, IndyACT, supported a national campaign against sexual harassment called, “The adventures of Salwa.” Salwa is a fictional character in a series of television ads aimed at fighting sexual harassment:A television ad fe … [Read more...]


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