[empower] women’s activism

The institutions and organizations below have signed this statement in disapproval of the criteria and formation of the Constitutional Committee, whereby the committee does not include a single female expert. Advancing with a committee like this, triggers fears and suspicions with regards to the future of Egypt and the transitional phase which Egypt is currently witnessing after the 25th of January Revolution. This issue poses a critical question with regards to democracy and the main aims of the revolution which were initially spelled out as equality, freedom, democracy and participation of all citizens.

Women's rights activists and pro-change protesters in Egypt have rallied to condemn a serious sexual assault on an American news reporter, Lara Logan, which took place in Cairo's Tahrir Square in the moments following Hosni Mubarak's resignation last Friday. "Lara Logan … and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration," Logan's employers, CBSnews, said in a brief statement. "It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy. "In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers."

Other nations and the UN should speak out against a wave of executions in Iran, the Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi and six human rights organizations said today. Shirin Ebadi and the human rights groups called on the Iranian Judiciary and Parliament to institute an immediate moratorium on all executions. At least 86 people have been executed since the start of 2011, according to information received by the six organizations. The groups are Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reporters without Borders, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, the International Federation for Human Rights, and its affiliate, the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights. At least eight of those executed in January were political prisoners, convicted of “enmity against God” (moharebeh) for participating in demonstrations, or for their alleged links to opposition groups.

The lack of women on a committee charged with amending Egypt's constitution for elections post-Mubarak casts doubt over whether the country can develop into a true democracy, a group of activists said on Wednesday. The group of over 60 non-governmental organisation and activists said the committee, which is presided over by a respected retired judge known for his independence, had begun work on Wednesday by "marginalising female legal experts".

En cette année où le Forum Social Mondial, pour la 3e fois après le Mali en 2006 et le Kenya en 2007, se joint aux peuples d’Afrique, nous les femmes de différentes parties du monde, réunies à Dakar, conscientes que l’union de nos forces pourra à terme apporter un changement, réaffirmons notre solidarité et notre admiration pour les luttes des femmes sénégalaises, des femmes africaines et des femmes du monde. Leurs luttes, conjointement avec les luttes de tous, hommes et femmes, renforcent la résistance menée partout contre le système capitaliste et patriarcal mondialisé.

Cette semaine, Marianne laisse carte blanche à Fatma Bouvet de la Maisonneuve*, médecin psychiatre franco-tunisienne. Pour elle, il n'est pas question de revenir sur l’égalité de tous les citoyens. Et, avec la révolution tunisienne, il est temps de réclamer une séparation constitutionnelle de la religion et de l’Etat. 

Depuis la « Journée de la colère » du 25 janvier 2011 en Egypte contre la dictature et la pauvreté ( la moitié de la population -soit 40 millions de personnes- vit avec moins de 2 $ par jour ), un mouvement populaire sans précédent dans son histoire récente se développe partout dans le pays, du Caire à Suez, d’Alexandrie à Assouan, d’Ismaïlia au bastion ouvrier de Mahalla el Koubra etc. Elle touche désormais l’ensemble des couches sociales. Malgré la censure ( y compris coupures internet et tél.), l’intimidation policière, les provocations, le couvre-feu et une répression sanglante ( plus de 300 morts et des milliers de blessés au 1er février selon l’ONU ), des millions de gens manifestent et tiennent la rue, exigeant la chute de Moubarak et de son régime. Ils réclament la LIBERTE. La DIGNITE. La JUSTICE SOCIALE.

Women’s inheritance and property rights (Panel 1) 

Countering the use of culture to dispossess women through the cultural legitimation of women's rights

8 Feb 2011: 12.30 – 15.30. 

The multi-country network on Women's Inheritance and Property Rights (WIPR) is organising three panels at the WSF. This network is part of the three-year programme Women Reclaiming and Re-defining Culture, coordinated by Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) and the Institute for Women’s Empowerment (IWE). 

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