A conference of female Arab scientists has called on policymakers and science organisations to help them network within and between countries and safeguard hard-won women's rights, which they see as under threat in the wake of the Arab Spring.

This ground-breaking collection of fifteen essays provides a greater understanding of the history of the Gulf and the Arab world as well as the history of Muslim women.

The aim of the Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media (GSIM) is to contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment in and through media of all forms, irrespective of the technology used. The main focus of the publication is on the equality and gender dimensions of social diversity in the media.


Girls are especially vulnerable to rape, exploitation, coercion and discrimination perpetrated by students and teachers. ‘A girl’s right to learn without fear’ looks at the issues and presents solutions which are drawn from existing policy examples, as well as global civil society campaigns, international instruments and the voices of girls themselves. This reports surveys regions as diverse as Sub-Saharan African, Asia and the Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Latin American and the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia as well as North America.

Women in Pakistan are being harassed and are encountering hostility via social networks on the Internet. At the same time, many women's rights activists see the web as a new way to further their work.

If a Pakistani woman journalist denounces child abuse and sexual harassment on Twitter, it can happen that she is threatened with rape. "I've received vile, detailed messages from random strangers who decide to tell me my home address and then live out their rape fantasies online."

أعلنت جبهة الإنقاذ الوطني عن تشكيل لجنة دائمة للدفاع عن حقوق النساء وللتصدي للهجوم على حقوقهن. وقالت الجبهة في بيان مساء أمس حصلت أصوات مصرية على نسخة منه إن "استهداف النساء هو في حقيقته هجوم على هوية الوطن وإجهاض متعمد لأهداف الثورة التى قامت من أجل الحرية والكرامة والعدالة الاجتماعية". وأضاف البيان "الأشهر الأخيرة شهدت تناميا غير مسبوق فى حدة العدوان على النساء وحقوقهن فى مصر" واعتبر العنف ضد النساء جزء لا يتجزأ من العنف الذى يتعرض له المواطنون فى مصر الآن من قبل السلطة.

الملفات مطبوعات غير دورية، تصدر عن شبكة التضامن العالمية "النساء في ظل قوانين المسلمين" ولإيمان الشبكة بدور هذه الملفات التشبيكي، فإنها تهدف من خلالها إلى توفير المعلومات عن حياتهن، وصراعاتهن، واستراتيجيات النساء اللاتي يعشن في مجتمعات ودول إسلامية متنوعة.

IMOW: You are the founder of Sisters in Islam (also known as SIS) in Malaysia and were at its helm for twenty years before stepping down. SIS exists to bring justice to women as accorded to them by the Quran. What first inspired you to create this organization?

Earlier this month, WLUML held its first transformational feminist leadership workshop as part of our ‘Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratization’ program.  Activists  from Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Iraq, and Tunisia gathered in Cairo for one week of capacity building and strategizing. All participants were grassroots activists and/or feminists that are publicly engaged in advancing the cause of gender justice and equality.

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