Subversive Women in Colonial North Africa

January 02, 2017

Colonial encroachment in North Africa created new opportunities for women to travel and challenge social norms. During my travels in Morocco, I discovered Emily Keene’s memoir, My Life Story. In the 1870s, Keene traveled to Tangier as a governess for an English family. Soon after, she married...

Fighting Back Against Sexual Harassment in Egypt

December 07, 2016

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Alia Soliman, the communications manager of HarassMap, an anti-sexual harassment organization in Egypt. When events of May 25, 2005—a day when female protesters against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were sexually assaulted as the...

Empowered Women Will Lead MENA to a Better Tomorrow

November 09, 2016

Women in the Middle East and North Africa are the fulcrum of change. Mariam finally settles herself down on the floor after distributing pink cups of Arabic coffee to her guests. With a pink floral scarf and soft hands, she is similar to many middle-aged women we have encountered in our walk...

Feminism After the Arab Spring

November 07, 2016

Women have served as indispensable agents of change during and after the Arab Spring and have made significant gains but have a long road ahead. It was not uncommon to see news of the Arab Spring accompanied by photos of women on the frontline. Women participated, organized and even led many of...

Women in Morocco Set a Model for Rural Communities

October 31, 2016

The growth of cooperatives is one example of how women in the Middle East and North Africa are fighting back and showing resilience. North African women have long been celebrated in their societies as protectors of traditional culture. While this role is undoubtedly critical to any society, the...

Why Women Are the Missing Link in Countering Extremism

October 27, 2016

Counterterrorism strategy in the Middle East and North Africa can no longer avoid the involvement of women. According to the World Bank, 48.3% of the population in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is female. Yet despite their prominent place in society—and the fact that women and...

Workplace Change: A Shifting Paradigm in MENA

October 25, 2016

Women in the Middle East and North Africa have been active in one of the most profound contexts of change. Much has been written and speculated about life in the Middle East and North Africa. Some have experienced the love of being in a culture steeped in history and ancient folklore, romantic...

A Woman’s Work is Never Done

October 04, 2016

Shaping the future is a daunting challenge for girls and women in the Middle East and North Africa. There is so much attention over what women can’t do in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that it is hard to imagine how their societies would function with at least some greater degree of...

Women Hold the Key to MENA’s Future

September 30, 2016

Investing in women creates the sustainable change that the Middle East and North Africa urgently need. BACKGROUND When visiting a home in the Middle East or North Africa (MENA), it is the women who always appear to welcome the guest with a streaming cup of tea or coffee. While outsiders might...

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