Women’s Involvement Is Nothing New

When you google the possible variations of these words: Women, Role & Arab Spring, you will be faced with massive numbers of articles, studies and interviews that examine thoroughly women’s involvement in the Arab Spring. The prevalent sentiment of such works revolves around how it's newsworthy that “Women played an active role during the Arab Spring” or “Women have emerged as key players in the Arab spring”.  What I read between lines is: It’s unbelievable to find you among the people who to … [Read more...]

The Answer to Their Prayers: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a documentary about the women's peace movement in Liberia, during the conflict between Charles Taylor's government and the warlords of Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD). It was directed by Gini Reticker, who has directed several other documentaries about women in Africa, including a film about the first female graduates from an imam academy in Morocco. Her experience shows as she manages to avoid all the usual pitfalls outsiders usually make … [Read more...]

Online Activism: Can it Work?

MMW thanks Ali Eteraz for The Huffington Post tip.Last week, Peter Daou at The Huffington Post wrote about the use of the internet's growing and powerful use as an activist medium. He stated that "[o]ne universal aspect of effective activism is raising awareness and there's no doubt that the web is an ideal tool to do that..." He continued to say that the rise of the internet as a tool of activism is "transformative, not just because it is a web-driven enhancement of traditional political and … [Read more...]