This report is part of a WLUML three-part series on women’s rights in the context of the ‘Arab uprisings’. Next week: Syria: Debates on women’s bodily autonomy and sexual violence.

 

In the wake of the 25 January Revolution in Egypt, and throughout ongoing political developments, women’s and human rights organization in Egypt have been fully aware of what they have to gain – or lose. Seeking to build on women’s participation in the revolution and capitalize on a moment of immense hope and possibility, different groups have joined forces to demand greater representation for women in parliament and on national councils and committees. Their main concerns are the need both to expand women’s roles in a new, democratic Egypt and to safeguard hard-earned gains in women’s rights achieved over the past few decades.

واجهت الناشطة العراقية هناء أدور رئيس الحكومة العراقية نوري المالكي وممثل الامم المتحدة في العراق اد ميلكرت بحقيقة الانتهاكات التي يمارسها المالكي ضد حقوق الانسان في العراق.
جاء ذلك خلال ندوة عقدت بحضور المالكي والقى فيها إد ميلكرت كلمة اثارت اعتراض منظمات المجتمع المدني ورابطة الحقوقيين العراقيين. وصرخت ادوار في وجه المالكي والمجتمعين وهم يتجنبون الحديث عن اعتقال المتظاهرين والاشارة الى الانتهاكات التي يتعرض لها الانسان في العراق في ظل حكومة المالكي . 

الأحد, 05 حزيران - يونيو 2011 

Dear High Representative Ashton, We are leading Saudi Women’s rights activists and we write this open letter - endorsed by citizens throughout the EU - to express our deep concern over the EU's public silence on the issue of Saudi women's right to drive. [You can sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/catherine-ashton-publicly-support-saudi-womens-right-to-drive]

We the women from the Arab region who came together for three days to share our success in our revolutions, and to celebrate and confirm our demands to sustain what we have gained through years of struggle, hereby acknowledge:

The Global Campaign, Violence is not Our Culture (VNC) has published Strategising Online Activism: A Toolkit. The toolkit is available for free download and distribution. Through this toolkit VNC hopes that campaigners will acquire the following skills: An understanding of why and how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be appropriated by women's rights and human rights groups in their advocacy skills through their use of online tools, including networking and mobile tools for advocacy and campaigning; The ability to develop an advocacy / communication strategy; Knowing what social neworking is and the various spaces and tools they could use in their online activism; An understanding of online privacy and security issues relevant to building their online activism.

Zainah Anwar, Sisters in Islam (SIS) founder answers ... What are your thoughts on the French government's ban on Muslim women from wearing the burqa in public? Susila B, Johor. Z.A. I believe the state has no role to play in deciding whether a woman should cover or uncover her hair. In Iran or Saudi Arabia, you cannot leave home without the hijab but in Turkey you cannot be in any public school or university or government building with the hijab. I wish the state would leave women's heads alone. However, when it comes to the burqaor niqab (face covering), I find myself conflicted about the role of the state in this. 

La seule femme faisant partie du conseil municipal du Qatar a réussi à garder son siège, à l'issue des élections dont le résultat a été annoncé mercredi. Quatre femmes sur 101 candidats au total étaient en lice pour les 29 sièges du conseil municipal, mais seule cheikha al-Jafiri a été élue.

Samar Badawi a déclaré à l'AFP qu'elle avait déposé une plainte auprès du tribunal administratif de La Mecque (ouest) contre le ministère pour avoir dénié aux femmes le droit de se faire enregistrer sur la liste des électeurs en prévision du scrutin municipal, prévu le 22 septembre. Les Saoudiennes n'ont pas non plus le droit de conduire dans le royaume dont les lois s'inspirent d'une version rigoriste de l'islam. Celles-ci interdisent aussi aux femmes de voyager sans l'autorisation d'un tuteur, et les placent en position d'infériorité en cas de divorce ou d'héritage.

Tehmina Kazi wears modest western dress and believes in plurality and diversity within her faith, Islam. For her pains, she has been labelled a whore, admonished for not wearing the hijab and accused, inaccurately, of wearing short skirts by people she has never met, writing online. When she defended Usama Hasan, the London imam who faced death threats and was suspended from Leyton mosque last month after he said evolution was compatible with Islam, she had to go to police after receiving threats of her own.

The EWIC Scholars’ Database is an invaluable listing of scholars from all over the world and from all disciplines whose work focuses on women, gender, and Islamic cultures. Based on the authors’ database for the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, this free online publication is a fully searchable directory of connecting scholars, students, policymakers, and activists with each other and with NGOs, governmental agencies, research foundations, publishers, members of the media, and potential employers seeking researchers whose work specifically covers issues on women and gender related to Islamic cultures. The online database, funded by a grant from the International Development Research Center (Ottawa), is published at http://sjoseph.ucdavis.edu/ewic.

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