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YOUTH EXCHANGERS PROGRAMME 2016

YOUTH

EXCHANGERS

PROGRAMME

YOUTH EXCHANGERS PROGRAMME 2016

2016

Designed by: Studio 39 Cairo Print House: Alazazy Press, Cairo

Designed by:

Studio 39

Cairo

Print House:

Alazazy Press,

Cairo

YOUTH

EXCHANGERS

PROGRAMME

27-30 May, 2016

STRUCTURE & CONTENTS

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ABOUT YEP

Programme Introduction

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SWEDALEX & DEDI

Descriptions

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INSTITUTES

FOR DIALOGUE

Directors Words

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ORGANIZERS

Biographies

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ALEXANDRIA OVER TIME

Some History

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ALEXANDRIA SPOTS

Must see !

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PROGRAMME &

SCHEDULE

Happenings

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SPEAKERS

Biographies

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PARTICIPANTS

Biographies

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INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION
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ABOUT YEP

PROJECT STATEMENTS Swedish Institute Alexandria and the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute are cooperating in a joint activity on engaging young people from the region (age 22 – 32) to address gender equality as perspective for their organizations and societies. The inspi- ration of the Programme comes from the UN SDGs with gender equality as a cross cutting issue. Both institutes has conducted the activity last year on the topic of entrepreneurship as solution for unemployment in the region.

VISION To bring together young people from the region around a specific topic that pertains to the interest of both regions (EU-MENA),

MISSION To continue sustaining and enlarging the network of youth in the both regions for better understanding and exchange on topics of common interest. The activity will provide them with tools, ideas and knowledge to enrich their experiences and enhance their capacities.

OBJECTIVES To create the network of young people with shared values across the region / to promote dialogue as tool for development and understanding / to enrich the capacities and create opportunities through exchange and learning

Swedish Institute Alexandria, 2016
Swedish Institute Alexandria, 2016

SWEDALEX & DEDI

The Swedish Institute Alexandria (SwedAlex) was established following an agreement between the governments of Sweden and Egypt in 1999. It was inaugurated, on the 3rd of October 2000 by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and Egypt, Ms Anna Lindh, and Mr Amre Moussa. The Institute is an autonomous part of Sweden’s Foreign Service. Its main goal is to promote dialogue between Europe and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) in order to make Europeans and people in the region better understand each other.

Swedish Institute Alexandria is housed in a building on the Corniche in the Eastern Port, which was built during the period between 1921 and 1925 it has served as the Swedish Consulate and later also as a Seamen’s institute. As part of the establish- ment of the institute the building has undergone a comprehen- sive renovation.

Currently the focus of the institute’s activities is on promoting values and practices with special attention to gender equality and representation of youth. The institute is a platform for ex- change of experiences and ideas based on the idea of dialogue between philosophers, religious leaders, researchers, politi- cians, civil servants, students, journalists, opinion makers and other experts.

The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI) is an intergovern- mental body, established in 2004 by

The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI) is an intergovern- mental body, established in 2004 by an agreement between the Danish and Egytpian Foregin Ministries with a strong dialogue mandate under the Danish Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP). DEDI’s core mandate as a centre of excellence is to promote poli- tical and cultural understanding between Denmark and Egypt on one hand and Europe and the Arab World on the other hand. DEDI’s comparative advantages in dialogue competence and its unique intergovernmental status allow for a broad scope of go- vernmental and civil society partnerships to be brought together to build long-lasting networks and co-operation between Egyp- tian and Danish partners. DEDI’s projects and activities are based on three programme areas:

- Politics and Democratization

- Culture as a Means of Participation

- Media in an Open Society

DEDI unique nature allow for on-going dialogue facilitation as well as project based dialogue activities within the priority areas. For more information on the program areas and projects, please visit http://dedi.org.eg/

INSTITUTES FOR DIALOGUE

The Swedish Institute Alexandria was formed 16 years ago to pro- vide a permanent platform
The Swedish Institute Alexandria was formed 16 years ago to pro-
vide a permanent platform for dialogue between European pers-
pectives and countries and the Middle East North Africa Region.
Dialogue means talking with each other, not about each other.
Dialogue means being ready to discuss all burning issues that
needs to be discussed.
Dialogue means developing our thinking and understanding, both
in Europe and this Region.
Dialogue means overcoming ignorance and misunderstanding.
And this is valid for everyone, not least for the person we see in
the mirror every morning.
In a world with no boarders, growing migration and constant
interaction, we have no alternative to living together in plura-
lism, with our differences. The instrument to achieve the needed
tolerance is dialogue.
Peter Weiderud
Director of SwedAlex
Day by day the relationship between Europe and the MENA region becomes closer and closer.

Day by day the relationship between Europe and the MENA region becomes closer and closer. In all fields being it trade, eco- nomic interdependency, migration, cultural exchange, shared knowledge, scientific exchange and lately refugees and radica- lization, just to mention a few, the two regions are getting more and more integrated and thereby face common challenges and – often forgotten - also opportunities.

Dialogue – in all its forms - is therefore more necessary than ever to secure that we may benefit from the exchange of regional experiences and knowledge, to overcome differences, to clarify misunderstandings, and first of all to secure a way of interacting that is inclusive and engaging, between the two regions and wit- hin the these, to involve and engage as many as possible in this development, which shall eventually shape our common future.

Hans Chr Korsholm Nielsen Director of DEDI

in this development, which shall eventually shape our common future. Hans Chr Korsholm Nielsen Director of

ORGANIZERS

Javeria Rizvi Kabani Waleed Mansour Is the deputy director of the Swedish Institute Alexandria since
Javeria Rizvi Kabani Waleed Mansour Is the deputy director of the Swedish Institute Alexandria since

Javeria Rizvi Kabani

Waleed Mansour

Is the deputy director of the Swedish Institute Alexandria since April 2015, her passion comes in intersection of lea- dership, innovation, education, sustainabi- lity, design and social networks in addition to her experience in public diplomacy and strategic communication.

Waleed Mansour is a programme officer at the Swedish Institute Alexandria since February 2014; he was previously working for various international organizations in- cluding the United Nations and the German International Development Cooperation. he has a M.Sc. in environmental and energy management from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Javeria has worked extensively in establi- shing youth leadership programmes at the Swedish Institute Stockholm, such as SHE entrepreneurs and the Young Leaders Visi- tors Programme, she is a graduate of SOAS with a strong passion in middle eastern

affairs and south East Asia

Shahdan Arram Shahdan Arram is heading the Political Programme area at the Danish Egyptian Dialogue

Shahdan Arram

Shahdan Arram is heading the Political Programme area at the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute in Cairo for the past two years and managing diverse portfolio of projects addressing women’s empowerment and gender equality, citizenship educa- tion, youth empowerment, and promoting multi-party political platforms.

From 2004 till 2014, she worked for several UN agencies; first at the ILO Sub-regional Office for North Africa in Cairo, afterwards worked for the UNDP’s “Technical Support to the Ministry of Local Development” to adopt a comprehensive approach to decentra- lization, and then joined UNDP’s Social Contract Center at the Egyptian Cabinet.

Arram earned both her Master of Arts and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the American University in Cairo with Highest Honors in 2009 and 2004 respec- tively. In 2004, she was awarded the presti- gious Ahmed Zewail Prize for Excellence in the Sciences and Humanities to recognize her academic accomplishments and her strong commitment to scientific inquiry and the affirmation of human values.

Reem Abu-Zaid

Abu-Zaid is a project officer at the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute. Her work involves capacity building of political par- ties, parliament staffers, and parliamen- tarians. Also, her work delves into fields of Gender Mainstreaming, Welfare Economic Policies, and Cross-culture Dialogue. She has pervious professional expertise in Journalism, Public Policy, and Budget Monitoring.

Abu-Zaid has a Master’s degree in Com- parative Politics, and an LLM degree in International and comparative Law. she is specialized in fields of popular politics, institution building, strategic litigation, and international law.

ALEXANDRIA & SWEDEN

ALEXANDRIA & SWEDEN

ALEXANDRIA & SWEDEN
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ALEXANDRIA OVER TIME

Located by the Mediterranean Sea, Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt and its major port. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C. the city has been an important part of world history, being witness to different eras and several historical events. Alexandria remained the capital of Egypt for ten centuries, until the Muslim conquest which moved the capital to the current-day Cairo. Alexandria was well known for its Lighthouse and the Library of Alexandria, turning it during the Hellenistic period into a major center for science and philosophy, where thinkers from around the world gathered and studied.

During the rule of Muhammed Ali Pasha in the early 19th century, Alexandria regained its glory of the Greco-Roman period, be- coming a major industrial and trading center. The Egyptian economy thrived during that period as a result of moderniza- tion. The city attracted several traders, workers and scholars from different nations. A cosmopolitan community was gradually formed, including Arabs, Greeks, Italians, Jews, Armenians, Turks and many

people from other areas such as Morocco, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, France and Spain. This distinctive flavor of Alexandria remained until mid-twentieth century, when World War II erupted, followed in the fifties and the sixties by political and social changes in Egypt, which changed the demographics of the city. The diverse communities started to diminish, with only a few traces remaining.

Nowadays Alexandria is a vibrant city with its population exceeding 5 million. It is a major industrial

traces remaining. Nowadays Alexandria is a vibrant city with its population exceeding 5 million. It is
and trading hub, and also a cultu- ral and recreational destination for many people. The

and trading hub, and also a cultu- ral and recreational destination for many people. The establishment of the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina in 2002 gave a boost to the cultural scene in Alexandria, in addition to several cultural and artistic initiatives working collectively and individually to contribute to the community.

With a history exceeding two thou- sand years, Alexandria has several touristic attractions and landmarks from different eras. From the Gre- co-Roman period you can visit the

Catacombs and the Amphitheatre downtown, while on the western part of town by the sea you can visit the Citadel of Qaitbey which dates back to the Islamic period 500 years ago. In the eastern part of town, admirable 20th century Italian architecture can be seen in the masterpiece of Montaza Royal Palace, and Montaza gardens which became a public park after the monarchy was abolished in 1952. Several churches, mosques and other buildings all over Alexandria give you a sense of the diversity of the city and its wonderful history.

Alexandria Heritage Map. ource: i.isaksson, 2015

HOT SPOTS & CULTURAL PLACE

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HOT SPOTS IN ALEXANDRIA mediterranean sea The Citadel of Qaitbey Bibliotheca Alexandrin Catacombs of Kom

HOT SPOTS IN ALEXANDRIA

mediterranean sea

The Citadel of Qaitbey

SPOTS IN ALEXANDRIA mediterranean sea The Citadel of Qaitbey Bibliotheca Alexandrin Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa
SPOTS IN ALEXANDRIA mediterranean sea The Citadel of Qaitbey Bibliotheca Alexandrin Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa

Bibliotheca Alexandrin

Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa

Alexandria National Museum Project

Bibliotheca Alexandrin Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa Alexandria National Museum Project Roman Amphitheatre Pompey’s Pillar

Roman Amphitheatre

Pompey’s Pillar

Bibliotheca Alexandrin Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa Alexandria National Museum Project Roman Amphitheatre Pompey’s Pillar
Bibliotheca Alexandrin Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa Alexandria National Museum Project Roman Amphitheatre Pompey’s Pillar
Bibliotheca Alexandrin Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa Alexandria National Museum Project Roman Amphitheatre Pompey’s Pillar
Montaza Palace Royal Jewelry Museum a The Swedish Institute of Alexandria Alexandria spots 22-23
Montaza Palace Royal Jewelry Museum a The Swedish Institute of Alexandria Alexandria spots 22-23

Montaza Palace

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Royal Jewelry Museum
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The Swedish Institute of AlexandriaMontaza Palace Royal Jewelry Museum a Alexandria spots 22-23

Montaza Palace Royal Jewelry Museum a The Swedish Institute of Alexandria Alexandria spots 22-23

Alexandria spots

The Citadel of Qaitbey The Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria is considered one of the most

The Citadel of Qaitbey

The Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria is considered one of the most important defensive strongholds, not only in Egypt, but also along the Mediterranean Sea coast. It formulated an important part of the fortification system of Alexandria in the 15th century AD.

The Citadel is situated on the eastern side of the northern tip of Pharos Island at the mouth of the Eastern Harbour and it was established in 1477 AD (882 AH) by Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa’it Bay.

Alexandria National Museum

The National Museum of Alexandria contains about 1,800 artifacts that nar- rate the story of Alexandria and Egypt. The museum mainly focuses on three collections: Ancient Egyptian, Coptic, and the Muslim world. The building is located in a restored Italian style palace in Tariq Al-Horreya Street (former Rue Fouad) and used to be home to the United States consulate.

Pompeii Pillar

Pompey’s Pillar is a Roman triumphal column and the largest of its type constructed outside the imperial capitals of Rome and Constantinople. The only known free-standing column in Roman Egypt which was not composed of drums, it is one of the largest ancient monoliths and one of the largest mo- nolithic columns ever erected. Erroneously dated to the time of Pompey, the Corinthian column was actually built in 297 AD, commemorating the victory of Roman emperor Diocletian over an Alexandrian revolt.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a major library and cultural center located on the

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a major library and cultural center located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is both a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, and an attempt to rekindle something of the brilliance that this earlier center of study and erudition represented.

Montaza Palace Garden

The Al-Haramlik—Montaza Palace is a public museum of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty family history and objects d’art. The Salamlek Palace is now an adjacent hotel. The Al-Montaza Park, the former expansive royal gardens of 150 acres (61 ha), are open as a public landscape park and forest reserve.

Roman Amphitheatre

The Roman Amphitheatre of Alexandria, which is considered to be one of the most important Roman architectural achievements in Egypt, was discovered by mere coincidence in the year 1960. The Roman Amphitheatre we see today in Alexandria was constructed in the 4th century AD and it was a common feature of the Greco Roman period. Amphitheatres were special roofed theatres that were built to host music ceremonies and poet competitions during the reign of the Romans in Egypt.

Royal Jewelry Museum

The Royal Jewelry Museum is an art and history museum in the Zizenia neighborhood, located in the former palace of Princess Fatma Al-Zahra’. Its halls contain an inestimable collection of jewels and jewelry of the Muham- mad Ali Dynasty. 19th-century paintings, statues, and decorative arts are also exhibited in the rooms and lobbies. The museum was first inaugurated on 24 October 1986. After several years of renovations and expansion it was reopened in April 2010

AGENDA

AGENDA

AGENDA
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PROGRAMME & SCHEDULE

DAY 1 :

27 May, 2016

10:00

Meeting and Assembly at the hotel

10:30 - 15:30

Tour in Alexandria

15:30 - 16:30

Lunch

19:00 - 22:00

Welcome Reception at SwedAlex

Introductions by the Programme Team

DAY 2 :

28 May, 2016

THEME 1 : WHAT IS A GENDER AGENDA ?

08:45 - 09:00

Introduction to the agenda & dialogue sessions

09:00 - 11:00

SESSION 1:

“Understanding Gender Agenda”

- Current gender situation in Egypt, aspirations of the parliament in gender issues

- Anti-sexual violence movements: Gains, Limitations, and Insights from the feminist movement in Egypt

- Gender Agenda from a European Perspective,experiences from transition countries, why is it good,successful expe- riences from implementation, main obstacles

Hans Chr Korsholm Nielsen, Director of DEDI/ Peter Weiderud, Director of SwedAlex Javeria Rizvi Kabani

Hans Chr Korsholm Nielsen, Director of DEDI/ Peter Weiderud, Director of SwedAlex

Javeria Rizvi Kabani and Waleed Mansour, SwedAlex

Javeria Rizvi Kabani and Waleed Mansour, SwedAlex

Javeria Rizvi Kabani and Waleed Mansour, SwedAlex Shahdan Arram, DEDI

Shahdan Arram, DEDI

Waleed Mansour and Rana Gaber

Anisa Hassouna, Egyptian Parliament

Dalia AbdelHamed, Head of gender studies unit at the

Dalia AbdelHamed, Head of gender studies unit at the

Dalia AbdelHamed, Head of gender studies unit at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

 

Rep. Venice Commission

Chaâbane Neïla / Valentina Pellizzer

 

President of One World Platform

10:40 - 11:00 Q & A 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break - SwedAlex 11:30 -

10:40 - 11:00

Q & A

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break - SwedAlex

11:30 - 01:30

SESSION 2:

Idea Market

World café workshop on inspirational characters/ ini- tiatives that left an impact: Participants to present ideas, policies, and projects that tackles gender issues

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01:30 - 02:30

Lunch Break - SwedAlex

THEME 2 : EQUALITY AND/OR FEMINISM

02:30 - 04:30

SESSION 3:

“Arab& Muslim Feminism(s): Gender Equality in the Law”

Breaking the one sided perception of History: Re-reading Arab History from a gender sensitive perspective.

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- Islamic Feminism: between theory and application

04:10 - 04:30

Q & A

04:30 - 05:00

Coffee Break - SwedAlex

11:30 - 01:30

SESSION 4:

Dialogue Workshop Session: Sum- up of the day

Facilitated by: Ambassadors for Dialogue PhD. Hoda El-Saady, The Women and Memory Forum, and Professor

Facilitated by: Ambassadors for Dialogue

PhD. Hoda El-Saady, The Women and Memory Forum,

PhD. Hoda El-Saady, The Women and Memory Forum,

PhD. Hoda El-Saady, The Women and Memory Forum, and Professor at the American University in Cairo

and Professor at the American University in Cairo

PhD. Marwa Sharaf El-Dien

DAY 3 : 29 May, 2016 THEME 1 : GENDER EQUALITY IN PUBLIC SPHERE 09:00

DAY 3 :

29 May, 2016

THEME 1 : GENDER EQUALITY IN PUBLIC SPHERE

09:00 - 11:00

SESSION 1:

“Challenges facing female activists in politics”

- Feminist Foreign policy (3R) in Sweden

- The culture of Gender based violence in the Arab World Video and Exercise (GIZ - OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION)

- Gender Equality in Europe: The Case of Denmark:

 

History of Equality in Denmark. The women’s movement in Denmark

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break - SwedAlex

11:30 - 01:30

SESSION 2:

Round Table

- The impact of international donor agenda:

- Gender, Youth and the SDGs

01:30 - 02:30

Lunch Break - SwedAlex

02:30 - 03:30

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Gender issues & politiczal participation:

03:30 - 05:00

SESSION 3: Dialogue Workshop Session: Sum-up

08:00

of the day Dinner Chez Gaby

  Rep. the Swedish MSA   Anna Wrange   Youssry Mostafa Majken Lundberg Rep. the
 

Rep. the Swedish MSA

 

Anna Wrange

 

Youssry Mostafa

Majken Lundberg

Rep. the Women’s council in Denmark

UN-women: Emad Karim and Lena Karlsson

UN-women:

Emad Karim and Lena Karlsson

Emad Karim and Lena Karlsson

Dina Wahba, The Egyptian Social Democratic Party Katrine Manfred Swets, Danish Journalist and researcher

Dina Wahba, The Egyptian Social Democratic Party

Katrine Manfred Swets, Danish Journalist and researcher

Katrine Manfred Swets, Danish Journalist and researcher

DAY 4 : 30 May, 2016 09:00 - 10:30 Working Groups: Seminar Statement preparations 10:30

DAY 4 :

30 May, 2016

09:00 - 10:30

Working Groups: Seminar Statement preparations

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00

Presenting& Validating seminar’s statement

12:00 - 01:00

Lunch on the go

07:00 – 09:00

Library of Alexandria

07:00 – 09:00

Farewell Dinner (Optional)

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BIOGRAPHIES

BIOGRAPHIES

BIOGRAPHIES
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SPEAKERS

Neila Chaabane Neila Chaabane is a lawyer, academic and Tunisian politician. Associate lecturer in public
Neila Chaabane Neila Chaabane is a lawyer, academic and Tunisian politician. Associate lecturer in public

Neila Chaabane

Neila Chaabane is a lawyer, academic and Tunisian politician. Associate lecturer in public law at the Faculty of legal sciences, political and social of Tunis, University of Carthage; Director of the graduate school. She was also the Secretary of State for Women and Family: Execution of public policies on women, family, children and the elderly. Member of the Steering Committee of the national strategy against corruption.

Committee of the national strategy against corruption. Hoda El-Saadi Hoda El-Saadi a co-founder of the woman

Hoda El-Saadi

Hoda El-Saadi a co-founder of the woman and memory forum and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Civilization at the American University in Cairo (AUC). She received both her BA and MA from the American University in Cairo and her PhD from Cairo University in Islamic History. Her field of specialization is early and medieval Islamic history. She developed an interest in gender issues in the Islamic tradition. She is specifically interested in the roles and positions of women in Arab/Islamic history, from pre-modern to modern, to highlight and analyze women’s presence in public life before the pre-modern period, exploring their changeable roles through the ages. Her aim is to use history (and its interpretations) to strengthen the position of Muslim women in the present, as well as formulate a culturally Islamic discourse that incorporates women’s perspective and an awareness of gender. El-Saadi is working on a project to produce a series of occasio- nal papers on the work of women.

The objective of her research is to empower women by making available historical information that demonstrates women’s involvement in public life.

Anisa Hassouna Anisa Hassouna is an Egyptian Parliamen- tarian, diplomat and economist. She was selected
Anisa Hassouna Anisa Hassouna is an Egyptian Parliamen- tarian, diplomat and economist. She was selected

Anisa Hassouna

Anisa Hassouna is an Egyptian Parliamen- tarian, diplomat and economist. She was selected in the list of the top 100 most influential Arab Women, in addition to that Hassouna writes regularly on public affairs, she was the first woman to be elected on the Board of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs where she held the position of Secretary General and currently she is Treasurer. She is a member of the Executive Council of the “Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs” and sits on IDEA International Advisory Group for West Asia & North Africa (WANA). She is a member of both the Consultative Boards of the “Arab Thought Foundation”, Beirut, Lebanon and the “Arab Forum for Alternatives” Cairo, Egypt.

She is the Founder & Chairperson of «Enlightened Egypt Foundation» which promotes the values of citizenship and gender equal rights , a founding member of the «Think Tank for Arab Women», the «Forum for Arab Citizenship in Transition Democracies» , the «Front for Protecting the Freedom of Creativity & Expression» and the “Arab International Women’s Forum” in London, UK . Hassouna is also a member of both the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and the British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA) in Cairo.

the British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA) in Cairo. Emad Karim Emad Karim is the Regional Coordinator

Emad Karim

Emad Karim is the Regional Coordinator for EmpowerWomen.org Regional Office for Arab States UN Women, he has more than 10 years of experience and academic background in designing and managing youth programs and techno- logy-based solutions for development. Having obtained an M.A in Educational Communication & Technology from New York University. He has been working globally as a trainer and capacity building expert for UN Women, the League of Arab States, the World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO, the British Council, and the Anna Lindh Foundation. He was selected to facilitate many regional and global forums to engage youth in global policies and decision-ma- king process such as the Global Youth Fo- rum in Bali, the Euro-Mediterranean Forum, and the Arab Youth Platform consultation meetings.

Lena Karlson Lena Karlsson, Programme Manager for UN Women in the Arab States Regional Office,
Lena Karlson Lena Karlsson, Programme Manager for UN Women in the Arab States Regional Office,

Lena Karlson

Lena Karlsson, Programme Manager for UN Women in the Arab States Regional Office, in Cairo. Lena is managing a regional pro- gram, “Men and Women for Gender equality” in four countries in the region; Egypt, Leba- non, Palestine and Morocco With the overall goal to enhance gender equality in the region. Lena is a business economist with a Master’s Degree in Aid and Development and with significant global experience in women´s and children’s rights. Her profes- sional experience consists of 25 years of progressively responsible positions in Eu- rope, Africa and Asia, for UN agencies and international NGOs. She has been the gen- der advisor for several organisations with engaging boys and men for gender equality as a focus area for the past 15 years.

for gender equality as a focus area for the past 15 years. Yousry Moustafa Yousry Moustafa

Yousry Moustafa

Yousry Moustafa is a project manager at the German International Cooperation GIZ -Egypt. His work experience in the Arab region includes several years with local, regional and international human rights and development NGOs. His work expe- rience includes management, research, and capacity development. He has several pu- blications and articles on issues related to culture and human rights, gender equality and identity politics. He is a board member of Arab Human Rights Fund and member of the Arab advisory board of Open Society Foundations.

Valentina Pellizzer Valentina Pellizzer is the president at OneWorld Platform, an organization that tackles and
Valentina Pellizzer Valentina Pellizzer is the president at OneWorld Platform, an organization that tackles and

Valentina Pellizzer

Valentina Pellizzer is the president at OneWorld Platform, an organization that tackles and researches the intersection between Internet Rights, Women Rights and the Transformative power of technology. As activist she connects women rights, sexual rights, and the Internet politically and practically and advocate for the feminist principles of the Internet.

Specialist of Western Balkan political, Civil Society environment an d Women’s Right Movement from within, with more than 20 years spent working and living in the region, currently Team Leader for CARE international, Balkans on the European Refugees Response.

She is also a facilitator on strategic use of ICTs in particular free and open source sof- tware, citizen journalism, digital security and privacy. as well as a facilitator of visual methodology for social change (digital sto- rytelling, and participatory video, metho- dologies that combine feminist solidarity with digital technology and its powerful peer-to-peer co-production, distribution and outreach).

peer-to-peer co-production, distribution and outreach). Anna Wrange Anna Wrange, Deputy Director, is the Focal Point

Anna Wrange

Anna Wrange, Deputy Director, is the Focal Point for Gender Equality at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, since October 2014. She has also worked at the Department for Multilateral Development Cooperation and the Department for Public International Law and Human Rights. Previous postings include the Swedish Em- bassy in Kampala, Uganda, and the Swedish UN Mission in New York. She has a Master in Law from Uppsala University.

Dalia Abd El-Hameed Dalia Abd El-Hameed is the Gender and Wo- men’s Rights officer at
Dalia Abd El-Hameed Dalia Abd El-Hameed is the Gender and Wo- men’s Rights officer at

Dalia Abd El-Hameed

Dalia Abd El-Hameed is the Gender and Wo- men’s Rights officer at the Egyptian Initia- tive for Personal Rights (EIPR). Her mandate at EIPR includes national and international advocacy for sexual and reproductive health and rights, documentation of sexism in the public space and other issues related to Gender Based Violence and gender-mains- treaming within EIPR programs. She holds a masters degree in sociology and anthro- pology from the American University in Cairo, Her award-winning thesis is entitled « Ultras Ahlawy and the Spectacle: Subject, Resistance and Organized Football Fandom in Egypt»

Subject, Resistance and Organized Football Fandom in Egypt» Majken Lundberg Katrine Manfred Swets is an associate

Majken Lundberg

Katrine Manfred Swets is an associate professor at Gender and Sexuality Studies, DIS in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is also an academic researcher in Women and Politi- cal Representation (Aalborg University) and a danish journalist at Kvinfo. She is working with Professor Drude Dahlerup (Stockholm University) on scientific research about the danish womens movement as well as women and gender representation in politics in a historical perspective. At DIS Katrine fa- cilitates courses on Gender, Sexuality and Ethnicity. As a journalist Katrine works with an intersectional and feminist perspective exploring race, gender, class and sexuality in popular culture and public debates. Katrine is also working as an activist that connects normcritique, gender equality and feminism.

Marwa Sharafeldin Dr. Marwa Sharafeldin is a scholar activist based in Egypt working on women’s
Marwa Sharafeldin Dr. Marwa Sharafeldin is a scholar activist based in Egypt working on women’s

Marwa Sharafeldin

Dr. Marwa Sharafeldin is a scholar activist based in Egypt working on women’s rights. She has a PhD in Law from the University of Oxford. Her research covers Islamic law, in- ternational human rights law, civil society and women’s rights. She is a campaigner for the reform of personal status laws in Egypt and a board member of the Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family (www.musawah.org). She serves on several other advisory boards of international feminist organizations such as the Global Fund for Women and the Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW).

Dr. Sharafeldin is also co-founder of the Network for Women’s Rights Organisations and of the Young Arab Feminist Network, as well as NGOs such as Fat’het Kheir and Nahdet el-Mahrousa in Egypt. Dr. Sharafel- din has published several articles and chapters, the most recent was “Islamic Law Meets Human Rights: Reformulating Qiwama and Wilaya for Personal Status Law Reform Advocacy in Egypt”.

Wilaya for Personal Status Law Reform Advocacy in Egypt”. Rana Gaber Rana Gaber, has accumulated 9

Rana Gaber

Rana Gaber, has accumulated 9 years work experience in the field of youth develop- ment through working in several youth led NGOs in Egypt, most importantly working as Director of Programs in the Egyptian Youth Federation (an umbrella organization for youth led NGOs and the NGOs that work in youth development). Rana is a Political Science graduate of Cairo University and holds a diploma of International Relations from the American University in Cairo, and is currently a Masters Student of Middle East Politics and Society.

Dina Wahba Dina graduated from the faculty of Econo- mics and Political Science, Cairo Univer-
Dina Wahba Dina graduated from the faculty of Econo- mics and Political Science, Cairo Univer-

Dina Wahba

Dina graduated from the faculty of Econo- mics and Political Science, Cairo Univer- sity. She is a Chevening scholar completed her Master’s Degree (M.A.) in Gender Stu- dies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her recently published thesis topic is “Gen- dering the Egyptian Revolution”. Dina is currently pursuing her PhD in Free Univer- sity, Berlin in “Politics, Emotion and Affect within the dynamics of Tahrir square”. Dina is a women’s rights activist who worked with several local, regional and interna- tional organizations such as International Rescue Committee (IRC), UN Women, the League of Arab States and Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML). She worked on a number of gender issues such as sexual and gender based violence, leadership, political participation and empowerment. Dina worked in several countries among them United Kingdom, South Sudan, Egypt and most recently Germany.

Kingdom, South Sudan, Egypt and most recently Germany. Katrine Manfred Graduated from the Faculty of Geogra-

Katrine Manfred

Graduated from the Faculty of Geogra- phy, Development Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Has studied, worked and lived in different parts of Africa and South-East Asia. Studies on aspects of development and trade, regional deve- lopment, multinational cooperations and relationships between countries in the nor- th and south and their roles and positions in international organisations. Working in Ngo’s and UN agencies on ie. children’s rights, women’s rights, monitoring and evaluation.

Presently working in the Women’s Council in Denmark - a more than 100 year old organisation working with women’s rights and gender issues in a national and inter- national context. Focus of work is amongst others trafficking/prostitution, women’s representation in boards, politics etc, mainstreaming and labour market issues. Writing and coordinating the submission of shadow reports to the UN CEDAW committee and the UPR process under the UN Human Rights Council. Majken has in partnership with Jordanian organisations undertaken projects focusing on women’s political participation in Jordan.

PARTICIPANTS

PARTICIPANTS Sarah Abdallah Sarah has five years of experience in the consultancy sector, three years of

Sarah Abdallah

Sarah has five years of experience in the consultancy sector, three years of expe- rience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Telecommunication En- gineering from Saint Joseph University in Lebanon.

While working as a senior consultant with Murex company, and in addition to the ac- quired technical and soft skills, she had the chance to work on many projects located in Europe, Far East, and Middle East and thus to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds.

Throughout these experiences, she developed strong project planning and implementation skills, but most impor- tant decided to converge her passionate volunteering activities in empowering both youth and women, to build a strong career path and get such fruitful opportunities as hers. For that purpose she worked closely with Women In Front, MEPI- LAA, IECD and Blessing Foundation organizations and was elected starting 2015 as a member in the Youth Advisory Council in the U.S.embassy.

Amr Adel I’m Amr Adel , 28 years old , graduated from faculty of Economics

Amr Adel

I’m Amr Adel , 28 years old , graduated from faculty of Economics & Political Science – Cairo University in may 2010 ( Major : Political Science & Minor : Public Administration ) .

I’m working as HR Section Head in Island For Contracting . I participated in political seminars in Faculty Of Economics & Poli- tical Science during the period from 2007 till 2010 , Also I participated in IAF Rule of law & Fundamental Rights Seminar in Theodor Heuss Academy ( Gummersbach – Germany ) during the period 31/01/2016 till 12/02/2016 .

Ali Ahmady

My name is Ali Ahmady. I am 28 yrs old and

I live in Sweden since year 2000. I am born

and bread in Afghanistan and I had always

a passion for politics, activism and human

rights. I hope I will soon see you all in per- son and that we shall have nice constructive

diskussions about gender equality and other interesting subjetcs.

Kholoud Al Ajarma I am an award winning Palestinian pho- tographer, film-maker and refugee-rights activist,
Kholoud Al Ajarma I am an award winning Palestinian pho- tographer, film-maker and refugee-rights activist,

Kholoud Al Ajarma

I am an award winning Palestinian pho-

tographer, film-maker and refugee-rights

activist, researcher and anthropologists.

I am a graduate of International Studies,

Anthropology and Development Studies. My primary work centers on refugee studies, international migration, visual culture, knowledge production, and immigration in Latin America, and the Middle East. I wor- ked with Palestinian refugees in Palestine, Europe and Latin America. In Palestine, I lead projects in the field of refugees and youth empowerment including the ‘Refugee Youth Forum,’ an innovative platform for active youth participation within human rights research, media, conflict resolution, and social justice. Presently I work and study between the Netherlands, Morocco and Palestine.

and study between the Netherlands, Morocco and Palestine. Wael Al-Khatib My name is Wael Al- Khatib,

Wael Al-Khatib

My name is Wael Al- Khatib, I have a MA in socio cultural anthropology, with 8 years of professional work experience in building local democracy among youth and women and women economic empowerment in both of Egypt and Jordan. In addition to my societal activism as women, youth and vulnerable groups advocate.

Nehal Ali Nehal Ali is a Monitoring & Evaluation Spe- cialist at the Egyptian Center

Nehal Ali

Nehal Ali is a Monitoring & Evaluation Spe- cialist at the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR). She has joined the center a year and half ago. Her work is closely linked to both the Programs Unit, responsible for the field work, and International Relations Unit, responsible for international outreach. Nehal has a masters’ degree in Public Policy from Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey and a bachelor degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo.

Apart from academic and professional life, Nehal has recently joined the Youth Com- mittee in the National Councils for Women. She is also attending the gender seminars offered by Choice for Gender Studies and Research.

May Baaklini

May Baaklini graduated with a B.A. in En- glish Literature and Linguistics from Notre Dame University in 2016.

She currently is the Program Coordinator and Content Developer at the May Chidiac Foundation (MCF) in Beirut. In 2014, May was responsible for writing the report regar- ding the UN 1325 resolution implementa- tion in the Middle East that was presented at the Austrian Parliament in Vienna. She has helped organize several MCF confe- rences in Beirut with the presence of highly distinguished guests such as Amr Moussa; Former President of the Arab League and Alec Ross; Senior Innovation Adviser to Hilary Clinton.

She is committed to countering to counte- ring violent extremism (CVE) and promo- ting gender equality in the Middle East. She hopes to gain her masters degree in international affairs and security studies. Her inspiration comes from having worked closely with Dr. May Chidiac, the only Arab female journalist to be targeted for politi- cal assassination.

Charlotte Bilo I am a German postgraduate student at the Institute of Development Studies in
Charlotte Bilo I am a German postgraduate student at the Institute of Development Studies in

Charlotte Bilo

I am a German postgraduate student at

the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, UK, where I study Poverty and Development. My research focus lies in gender-sensitive social policies. In my Master’s dissertation I plan to conduct

a political economy analysis on unpaid

care work concerns in social policies in South Africa. After my Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Development Studies in Maastricht, the Netherlands, I

worked in several governmental as well as non-governmental development organisa- tions in Costa Rica, Brazil and Mexico.

organisa- tions in Costa Rica, Brazil and Mexico. Rebekka Blomqvist I’m currently doing an internship at

Rebekka Blomqvist

I’m currently doing an internship at the Permanent Representation of Denmark to the EU as a part of my master in political science at University of Copenhagen. My internship is focused on development, and through this work my understanding of the global gender agenda has grown exten- sively. Before I went to Brussels my work has primarily been in civil society organi- zations through my student job working at a homeless organisation and volunteering.

A lot of my volunteer work over the last

five years has revolved around integra- tion projects for ethnic minority women in Denmark. Though my work with gender right now is centred on development policy, my involvement with feminism is much broader.

I hope to contribute with knowledge about

the international political debate about gender equality and the academic discus- sions on feminism as well as the wave of clever pop culture feminism that is on the rise.

Stella Christiansen Stella Christiansen is a student of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program majoring
Stella Christiansen Stella Christiansen is a student of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program majoring

Stella Christiansen

Stella Christiansen is a student of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program majoring in Culture & History at University College Freiburg. She wrote her Bachelor thesis on the role of women in Athenian society by examining the ways Aphrodite’s power is portrayed and undermined in Greek mytho- logy. In the age of globalization, increased migration and the refugee crisis, different perceptions of womenhood across cultures can become a source of conflict. Reflecting on the ancient Greek cultural image of women is a relevant topic today, as Ancient Greece is often perceived to be at the root of European culture and influenced perception of femininity in Christianity. An increased awareness of one’s own cultu- ral history can benefit the cross-cultural debate around women’s issues. In the women’s rights group of Amnesty Interna- tional, Christiansen organized a podium discussion on the conflict potential of different cultural images of women in context of the refugee crisis in Germany.

images of women in context of the refugee crisis in Germany. Olivia Cummins My name is

Olivia Cummins

My name is Olivia Cummins and I am

a second-generation British woman of

Afro-Caribbean descent. I was born in Lon- don in 1988 and grew up in an area called Tottenham, which is known as the most mul- ticultural community in Europe. I studied

English Language & Communication with English Literature at Kingston University, which gave my first real introduction to gender theories.

After graduating, I became secondary school Teaching Assistant for Spanish and humanities classes, which was followed by a career as Project Administrator on the ‘Global Learning Programme’ a natio- nal government-funded programme that promotes themes of global learning (e.g. gender, poverty in schools); and then my current role with the British Red Cross as a Diversity Project Assistant.

In my spare time, I enjoy exercising and

I am currently working towards an A-level

qualification in Spanish, which will enable

me to communicate within the language at

a higher intermediate level.

Anna Drude My Name is Anna Drude but I call myself Drude. I am 26
Anna Drude My Name is Anna Drude but I call myself Drude. I am 26

Anna Drude

My Name is Anna Drude but I call myself Drude. I am 26 years old and I grew up in an island in the North Western part of Denmark. As a child I liked to sail, which my summer holidays consisted of together with my parents and my sister. I enjoyed my

childhood but as I grew older I felt an urge to get away from the small and somehow closed society. After I graduated from High school I went on a 5 months back- packing trip to Argentina, Peru and Brazil.

I also traveled to Tanzania to volunteer at

an orphanage and after that I started at a

danish “højskole” where I played a lot of music, started a girl band and found out that I wanted to study Arabic at Copenha-

gen University. I moved to Copenhagen and

it took me almost 5 years to finish my BA.

During this period I lived in Cairo for two semesters where I met my husband (from Tanzania, who lives with me in Aarhus now where he studies Human Security). Also my mother got sick with cancer and I lived with her for 5 months until her death. Now I have started a master of Global Gender Studies which is combining my different interests. I am planning to go abroad next semester to do an internship in a gender oriented orga- nisation in the Egypt, Jordan or Lebanon.

oriented orga- nisation in the Egypt, Jordan or Lebanon. Rut Einarsdóttir I come from Patreksfjordur, a

Rut Einarsdóttir

I come from Patreksfjordur, a small town

in Iceland, and am currently attending Rit- sumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan. With the organization that I founded there,

I ventured to Dhaka, Bangladesh, to raise

awareness about waste management. The initiative got great response and we were joined by the major of Dhaka, along with other officials, as well as being featured on all major media in the country, where I held speeches on the national television. In November 2015 I attended the One Young World conference in Bangkok on a full scholarship as the only representative for Iceland, where I met and discussed with people from 196 countries. There I participated along with Kofi Annan, Sir Bob Geldof and others in “Call on COP” where I addressed the head of Icelandic govern- ment about taking concrete and sustainable action at COP21. I have work in several service jobs, as well as many organisations within my current university. I engage in volunteer work whenever I can and am de- voted in making this world a better place, by any means possible.

Rayan El Batlouni My name is Rayan El Batlouni and I hold a B.A. in
Rayan El Batlouni My name is Rayan El Batlouni and I hold a B.A. in

Rayan El Batlouni

My name is Rayan El Batlouni and I hold a B.A. in Social Work from Haigazian Univer- sity, Lebanon. I graduated in June 2013 and have been working in International Organi- zations with Syrian Refugees in Education and Health emergency response projects.

I chose this domain because I like inte-

racting with people and getting to know new cultures. I have a relatively influential job where I work with people/refugees on

a daily basis, getting to know their needs, their problems and providing educational opportunities for out of school youth.

Through my experience in the emergency response projects, I noticed the need for gender sensitive approaches and decided to do my masters in Gender Mainstreaming topics. I believe that learning is an on- going process and it should not stop when a person graduates from university.

it should not stop when a person graduates from university. William Elias William Elias has worked

William Elias

William Elias has worked in Emergency Response, Disaster Recovery and Sustai- nable Commodities. He has worked in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and Taiwan with organizations including UNDP, FAO, ILO, IOM and GIZ. Throughout his work, William has focused on mainstreaming gender into programme and project planning and implementation though his position as Monitoring and Evaluation officer. To date William has overseen the reporting of 23.5 Million USD worth of projects and joint programmes, including oversight of two externally managed evaluations. He has de- signed and led training focused on enhan- cing field staff’s gender awareness. He sat on UNDP’s gender focal team and led the Sustainable Palm Oil project’s contribution towards UNDP Indonesia’s Gender Equity Seal. Currently William is living in London conducting research into the sustainable production of Palm Oil in Indonesia and looking for new opportunities.

Meriem Fatnassi Meriem has a Master’s degree in English for communications from the Highest Institute
Meriem Fatnassi Meriem has a Master’s degree in English for communications from the Highest Institute

Meriem Fatnassi

Meriem has a Master’s degree in English for communications from the Highest Institute of Languages in Tunis. During her Master’s studies Meriem joined for the first the public sphere with «I Watch organization» then after obtaining her degree in 2013 Meriem was recruited by the International republican Institute as a program coordi- nator, where she got the chance to work clo- sely with the civil society and the political parties in a crucial time for her country.

Meriem is currently working with the Ger- man NGO Friedrich Naumann foundation, as a junior program coordinator. Ms. Meriem is focusing her effort now to empower women within the party structures to allow them to be well prepared for the challenge of the municipal elections due to the importance of the women participation in local poli- tical institution for the country’s develop- ment and prosperity.

for the country’s develop- ment and prosperity. Urszula Fijalkowska I am a law student from Poland.

Urszula Fijalkowska

I am a law student from Poland. I am

co-founder of International Forum for Empowerment Women (IfWe) in Europe. Our goal is to spread ideas and awareness of gender equality through every country and region in the world. In future, I would like to work in an international organization solving the global problems with a focus on women in sustainable development. I am currently writing my master thesis on the influence of non-governmental organiza- tions on international law. I love traveling and exploring new cultures. I am very interested in soft skills and management

– I take part in trainings and workshops

concerning management and interpersonal skills. In my opinion, only effective and creative actions can bring desired results

in the future. I am definitely a team-wor- ker, I personally believe that if you want it faster - go alone, if you want to go further

- go in a team.

Brinda Gangopadhya Brinda Gangopadhya Lundmark is 25 years old and currently lives in Stockholm. She
Brinda Gangopadhya Brinda Gangopadhya Lundmark is 25 years old and currently lives in Stockholm. She

Brinda Gangopadhya

Brinda Gangopadhya Lundmark is 25 years old and currently lives in Stockholm. She recently finished her studies in Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London where she focused her research on international po- litics, regional politics in the Middle East and South Asia as well on development, gender issues and local resistance move- ments in the mentioned regions. She has just completed an internship at the Embas- sy of Sweden in Amman Jordan, where she was working with monitoring political and humanitarian developments in the MENA region against the background of the crisis in Syria, as well as with implementing the current feminist foreign policy in Jordan. She is co-founder and co-editor of the in- ternational feminist periodical HYSTERIA, which is based in London. At the moment she is working as a freelance journalist for Sweden´s largest gender oriented newspa- per, and at the Swedish Migration Agency.

oriented newspa- per, and at the Swedish Migration Agency. Maje Girona Magraner My name is Maje

Maje Girona Magraner

My name is Maje Girona Magraner. I live in Madrid and Spanish. President of the Young Women’s Federation; I have two degrees (nurse and anthropologist); I am finishing my PhD; I am an expert on gender and have good language skills.

My career has generated have a good knowledge about the situation of young women in my country. I am currently re- searching on young women inequalities in health, gender and human rights.

My stay at the United Nations has enriched my profile at work Agenda 2030, the role of feminism and working with sustainable development goals, as well as being advi- sing the Youth Council of Spain on issues of equality and human rights and networking in various state women’s organizations.

Marina Gorgy Marina Gorgy is a research assistant at the Women and Memory Forum (WMF),
Marina Gorgy Marina Gorgy is a research assistant at the Women and Memory Forum (WMF),

Marina Gorgy

Marina Gorgy is a research assistant at the Women and Memory Forum (WMF), a research NGO based in Cairo, Egypt. She is graduated from English Department Cairo University. She is concerned with gender studies and gender equality in Egypt. She is also working on several projects in Women and Memory Forum: she is part of the Oral History project. In this project, they docu- ment Women’s stories in the public sphere and especially after the 25th January revolution. Not only the research work that concerns Marina but also Theatre. As a member of the English department theatre group, she particiated at many theatre performances as an actress and a producer. She participated at the Global Shakes- pear Festival that was hosted by New York University in Abu Dhabi in years 2014 and 2015. Since 2012 she has beed a member in a scout group in Agouza, Giza in Egypt.

has beed a member in a scout group in Agouza, Giza in Egypt. Noureddine Id Amjate

Noureddine Id Amjate

Noureddine Id amjate is an artist, women advocate, youth activist and educator and School Clubs’ coordinator with the Public Sector in the Moroccan Ministry of National Education. He has participated in many na- tional and international events in Morocco and abroad on painting, women equality, sustainable development, peace and edu- cation. He has received a number of awards for his artist creativity and selected as one of the best Moroccan artists. Nourdeddne was chosen as World At School Global Youth Ambassador in Morocco for education. As Curator of Global Shaper Community of Meknes Hub at World Economic Forum, he has launched many projects and supervised many initiatives. His mission is it Devote outstanding efforts to promote sustainable development, gender equality, education for all and peace.

Imane Ibrahim Iman Ibrahim (b. 1990, Alexandria) is a visual artist. As an Art student
Imane Ibrahim Iman Ibrahim (b. 1990, Alexandria) is a visual artist. As an Art student

Imane Ibrahim

Iman Ibrahim (b. 1990, Alexandria) is a visual artist. As an Art student she was interested in the human figure in painting, as well as in feminist Art. She received her BA in Painting in 2012 from Alexandria University. And recently, she’s working on her Master’s thesis on the impact of the feminist ideologies on the contemporary visual arts.

Most of her works explore initially the notion of Control, along beside the notions of destruction, construction and recons- truction and their relations to construction drawing. Her recent project looks into prison structures through imagined visual studies, such as isometric construction drawings, painting, texts, and installation. As part of her recent research; she uses the simulation as a fundamental notion through writing. Yakov Perelman’s «Mathematics can be fun» is her document where she is simulating selected riddles from its chap- ters into her booklet of Riddles series.av

from its chap- ters into her booklet of Riddles series.av Hajar Idrissi I am Hajar IDRISSI

Hajar Idrissi

I am Hajar IDRISSI from Morocco. I am 24 years and I am currently a doctorate student in the Department of ‘Discourse, Creativity and Society’ at the faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, University of Mohamed Ibn Abdellah, Fes Sais, Morocco. My research interests are: political discourse analysis, citizenship education, cultural anthropology. I represent the youth socia- list organization. We defend the interests of various disadvantaged and marginalized popular groups, and the general citizens who believe in human right values. I consi- der myself a dynamic team leader; able to bring energy, enthusiasm, and humor to mo- tivate team members to achieve potential and meet objectives; able to communicate effectively with people of all ages and backgrounds; fluent in Arabic, English and French languages. A flexible professional, who enjoys learning new skills and can quickly adapts to organizational changes. Lifelong love of travel and the cultural and educational insights it provides.

Ihab Elwy Ihab Elwy Currently serve as project assis- tant on the Catholic relief Services
Ihab Elwy Ihab Elwy Currently serve as project assis- tant on the Catholic relief Services

Ihab Elwy

Ihab Elwy Currently serve as project assis- tant on the Catholic relief Services organi- zation. His job includes being organization generate leads and assist all the project’s activities. As a board member, Ihab has been able to contribute best in refugees’ issues among UNHCR projects, liveliho- od grants and interfaith actions beside protection and gender related issues. He has served on CRS since 2015 and has been a member of voluntary group of Bedayaa organization through Ikhtyar «Choice” for Gender Studies and Research where presented material and knowledge on how to create awareness and avoid violations. Ihab firstly became involved with these activities five years ago as his preference and area of interest.

five years ago as his preference and area of interest. Rachid Farhan My name is Rachid

Rachid Farhan

My name is Rachid Farhan, I am 26 years old, and I was born August 17, 1989 sou- theast Morocco. After a Bachelor of Arts and Human Sciences (option: letters) in 2008, I did a degree in French Language and Litterature, wich I obtained in 2011 from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University Ibn Tofail in Kenitra. After that, I attended to the Faculty of Education Science at the Mohamed V University in Rabat where I did a Master in Pedagogy of Cultural Mediation of Arts and Science, that I gained in 2013. Since then I work as a freelancer in the mediation sector in va- rious cultural events in Morocco. Parallel to my studies and my work, I’m a human rights activist notably through my work within the Collective Aswat to fight against discrimi- nation based on gender and sexuality wich works on different issues to the rights of the LGBTI people; and the union of Students for Change of the Educational System (UECSE), with a focus on education rights.

Hamed Jemel Since his birth in Sfax-Tunisia, Hamed has made it a point to strive

Hamed Jemel

Since his birth in Sfax-Tunisia, Hamed has made it a point to strive for his goals , which were nothing less than his grandest dreams. One of Hamed’s dreams is to join the “Doctors without borders” network. As for now, he is taking strides in ma- king his imagination become a reality. Hamed attended the Faculty of Medicine in Sfax-Tunisia. Actually in his third year of studies, he is getting closer to become a doctor and realize his goal.

Apart from that, Hamed established himself as a self-starter and a leader through his volunteer experiences. Having an unstop- pable passion to sexual and maternal health, he has started getting involved with many organizations and associations working around this field since high school. In a few amount of time, he acquired a lot of social experience and personal development thanks to several trainings and discussions. And quickly, he made out a huge network of friends around the whole globe through online debates and exchange programs, enabling him to evolve and discover other interests such as politics and lobbying. In few years, Hamed sees himself as an active young leader in gender equality issues.

Piotr Kalkowski

As medical student I intend to specialize in psychiatry and sexology. During my uni- versity years, I’ve realized that the key of building a healthy and prospering society is to prevent things from happening. The best solution seems to be education. From the first year, I’ve been volunteering in In- ternational Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, making classes on equality and sexual education in high schools. After widening my horizons through encoun- ters with LGBT+ community and gaining insight in gender studies, I’ve expanded my activity in the field of gender equality. Furthermore, I’m working on creating a research evaluating the effectiveness of Peer Education on Sexual Education in schools of Poland and Europe. My goal is to scrutinize and compare the knowledge of European students’ with each other.

Peter Mosaad My name is Peter Mosaad, I’m 23 years old, A Student at Faculty
Peter Mosaad My name is Peter Mosaad, I’m 23 years old, A Student at Faculty

Peter Mosaad

My name is Peter Mosaad, I’m 23 years old, A Student at Faculty of Arts English department. There nothing special with me I’m only ambitious and have vision which is making world a better place, and this is one of the reasons why I’m applying for the pro- gram as I believe that we are all equal we have equal rights to learn to develop etc ,

are all equal we have equal rights to learn to develop etc , Noor Mousa I

Noor Mousa

I was born in Iraq- Najaf in March 30th,

1992. Raised between Baghdad and Najaf, in two cities that have deferent perceptions for life made me question what is the true about everything. It pushed me to question and seek for answers, and it created a love for knowledge in me. Now I am almost 24 I still cannot make a decision on what master program I should apply for? I am interested in many different fields and I cannot prefer one over another yet.

I chose the scientific studies in high

school , then Education and English in collage, and at work I chose to be involve in Volunteering, project managing, training, teaching, mentoring, radio shows hosting, even YouTubeing. I achieved many of my professional dreams like working with the UN, hosting a radio show, have my own public speaking platform, training for the American embassy and many other.

I believe that my love for knowledge and

transferring it to others can lead me to places I cannot even think of like it did so

far, even if I seem to be purposeless right now. I am sure that these different ques- tions and answers I can think of or come across, can someday lead me to achieve what then I can find out to be the purpose of my life.

Maria Rabunal Maria is the Local Development and Governance Specialist in the Programme of Assistance
Maria Rabunal Maria is the Local Development and Governance Specialist in the Programme of Assistance

Maria Rabunal

Maria is the Local Development and Governance Specialist in the Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People of UNDP , an agency which seeks a sustainable human development based on self-determination, equality and freedom. Based in Palestine since two years ago, Maria is working in the design of a decentralization process at economic and political level. Before working in United Nations, Maria was working on enhancing Palestinian women ́s rights in a grassroots organization and advocating for Human Rights when she was in Spain. Maria holds a BA in Law and a Master degree in International Decentralized Cooperation.

a Master degree in International Decentralized Cooperation. Damián Rodríguez Pérez I am an artist from Canary

Damián Rodríguez Pérez

I am an artist from Canary Islands that works and lives in Bilbao, Spain. My career have been focused in gender and femi- nism view in contemporary art and culture. Actually I´ve been studying cultural and social anthropology and I am a part of a collective called ANT-ESPACIO with two female coworkers that we develop specifics projects that affects in the community, mul- ti-ethnical reality, gender, sexual equality and social questions about the environ- ment and culture. We make publications, mini-festivals, workshops and exhibitions which always attend that social and cultural realities.

Lilian Seffer Lilian Seffer is a MA student at the Hertie School of Governance Berlin,
Lilian Seffer Lilian Seffer is a MA student at the Hertie School of Governance Berlin,

Lilian Seffer

Lilian Seffer is a MA student at the Hertie School of Governance Berlin, in the Interna- tional Affairs program, majoring in security and sustainability. She studied Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin and the American University in Cairo. Since 2014 Lilian works as a student assistant at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. She combines her academic and political interest as german ghanaian women in her position at the board of the Berlin Debating Union and as Member of the District Commission for Integration in Berlin Mitte for Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen (The Green Party). Since she can remember Lilian is playing football.

Party). Since she can remember Lilian is playing football. Rami Shamseddine Education in Emergencies and Disaster

Rami Shamseddine

Education in Emergencies and Disaster Risk Reduction expert. Have been working in the domain of humanitarian aid and relief since 2008. Started his career with the Lebanese Red Cross and moved ahead to working with local, regional and international non-go- vernmental organizations and UN agencies such as the Norwegian Refugee Council, Relief International, Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality, UNESCO, ICRC, UNICEF, etc.

Founded “WILL Association” in 2009, a Le- banese NGO that focuses on addressing the gaps within the humanitarian relief sector in Lebanon and on fostering Euro-Med collaborations through joint projects with European NGOs.

Took part of the emergency response works for the Van Earthquake in Turkey 2011, and in the Nepal Earthquake in 2015. Currently works with GIZ in Lebanon as a “Program Advisor” on a program focused on Gender and PSS in support of the Lebanese Ministry of Education and other key partners within the program.

Anita Sorrentini My name is Anita Sorrentini, I am Italian and I am graduated from
Anita Sorrentini My name is Anita Sorrentini, I am Italian and I am graduated from

Anita Sorrentini

My name is Anita Sorrentini, I am Italian and I am graduated from the Master’s degree in International Science, with major in MENA region at the University of Turin, Italy. Prior to this, I graduated from the Bachelor’s degree in Languages and Cultures of Africa and Asia in English and Arabic at the same university. I wrote my bachelor thesis about the honour killings in Palestine. The title of my thesis was “A new concept of honour? Palestinian women in modern context”. I translated the new amendment made by Abu Mazen to abolish the honour as extenuating circumstance of the murder of a woman and I conducted the analysis of the social and economic context of the West Bank.

After graduation in September 2015, I worked as Communication and Fundraising Intern at New Horizons Association for So- cial Development (NHASD) in Cairo for three months. I wrote a project for the empower- ment of the creation of women in New Val- ley “Supporting sustainable development by empower women in the New Valley”.

I am currently an advocacy intern at the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights in Beirut. My tasks include promo- ting human rights in Gulf area and Mena region in general.

ting human rights in Gulf area and Mena region in general. Anja Cecilie Bech Spillemose My

Anja Cecilie Bech Spillemose

My name is Anja, and I am 31 years old. I have a bachelor degree in the History of Ideas, and I am in the midst of finishing my thesis about LGBT Muslims in Europe, as a part of the Master Programme Religious Roots of Europe at the University of Copen- hagen. I have been dealing with several topics concerning questions on gender and sexuality within especially Christianity and Islam. I have been sitting as a board member at Society of Equality for three years now, and besides that I am writing for the webpage www.religion.dk owned by the Danish Newspaper The Christian Daily as well as working as a piano teacher.

Sofia Strive To support women, girls, men and boys to get access to pressing needs
Sofia Strive To support women, girls, men and boys to get access to pressing needs

Sofia Strive

To support women, girls, men and boys to get access to pressing needs and funda-

mental human rights in a central part of who

I am and what I like dedicating my time to.

My name is Sofia Strive and I am working as

a group leader for the Swedish organization

Kvinna till Kvinnas. This responsibility includes arranging meetings, events and lectures where the topic of gender equality and women’s rights are raised and dis- cussed. Kvinna till Kvinna works interna- tionally, supporting 130 different organiza- tions, to increase women’s participation in peace negotiations and policy making, im- prove women’s mental and physical health and support women’s rights defenders.

Prior to this job I have both practical and academic experience on the topic of gender equality. I have, for instance, worked with gender equality and human rights in Kosovo and Georgia together with the Swedish embassy and different women’s rights organizations.

embassy and different women’s rights organizations. Soufiane Taabani Soufiane Taabani, a «made in Morocco»

Soufiane Taabani

Soufiane Taabani, a «made in Morocco» ambitious global citizen who believes in making a positive change in the world, especially in his mother country, and he eagerly wants to take part in it.

In parallel to his engineering studies in renewable energy, he started his change journey by working with high-impact orga- nizations, such as The Moroccan network of social and solidarity economy, ENACTUS, Young Moroccan Leaders

Commitment, adaptability, self-reliance, coachability, These qualities allowed him

to hold senior positions such as :

- President of the national Olympics for the engineer-entrepreneur.

- Trainer and training manager in national

and international Projects : Tamkeen initia-

tive MOROCCO , Lovely Social Entrepreneur INDIA

- Team leader at ENACTUS

Furthermore, Soufiane TAABANI the alumni of the Future Leaders Academy, co-founded STEVE JOBS training center which is a crea- tive training center that aims to include the soft skills in the Moroccan educational system with an international dimension , in order to empower and inspire young men and women with innovative ideas and to help them going extra miles in their perso- nal and professional achievements.

Salma Takky My name is Salma Takky.I am currently hol- ding a post graduate studies

Salma Takky

My name is Salma Takky.I am currently hol-

ding a post graduate studies in « Cultural Studies : Cultures ,Identities and Media », my master’s thesis is titled:”The politics of Gender ,landscape and religion in Western Documentary films: Discourses of Power and Hegemony”,from Mohammed Ben Abdellah University,Fez, Morocco. I have received

a grant from US embassy to be part of an

American Organization called GLOBAL Girl Media, where I received an in-depth training in Journalism and Digital media. Moreover, I was honored to join African Women Writing for Social Change workshop that was held in Kampala,Uganda.

I do have various experiences ,leading

and coordinating different projects mainly serving as the training coordinator for the US-Middle East Partnership Initiatives «Empowering Unemployed Women and Youth through Entrepreneurship». I also have a perfect record in social work. I worked for a number of NGOS as well as par- ticipating in many local and international social activities and projects, particularly on Media, Education, Women, Peace and conflict resolution Social entrepreneurship and Youth.

Mohamed Zaky Elkarany

I am Mohamed Zaky Elkarany, Student

in Faculty of medicine in the last year,

I engaged in volunteering work since

2011, through local initiative for youth empowerment, Step up youth initiative, where I hold presidency for one Year, a team member in Ambassadors for Dialogue project and Now the secretary of Alexandria for Egypt Freedom Party, I hope to build a remarkable career in politics, and proceed my post-graduate studies in Healthcare policies , looking forward to make a true social change in Politics and Healthcare services in Egypt

Mouna Zebidi Mouna was born and raised in Tunisia, where she pursued her higher education
Mouna Zebidi Mouna was born and raised in Tunisia, where she pursued her higher education

Mouna Zebidi

Mouna was born and raised in Tunisia, where she pursued her higher education at the University of Tunis in English language and had a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in British and American Cultural Studies. She is currently International Relations master’s student.

Her commitment and engagemnt in the civil society is obvious in her affiliation to local NGOs and youth-led organizations such as Young Leaders Entrepreneurs within which she focuses on helping young people especially females in their educational and social entrepreneurial endeavors and MasterPeace Tunis Club where she serves as HR manager. She is also a United Nations volunteer managing fundraising proposals strategy for two NGOs: Goodness & Mercy Missions and Umbrella of Hope Foundation, Uganda.

Mouna is UNAOC-EF summer school alumna (New York, from June 13th to 20th 2015) and Fellow of Generation Change Leadership training; fellowship program powered by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

powered by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Lisa Taïeb She earned a Master’s degree

Lisa Taïeb

She earned a Master’s degree in internatio- nal law with a minor in Human Rights from the School of Law in Poitiers (France) as well as a Bachelor Degree in International law from the University of Law in Poitiers (France). She was a first year graduate student at Oregon State University (United States) where she sudied for one year and did a reseach about the relative univer- sality of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights.

While working with UN Women in Cambodia under the Women’s Economic Empowerment programme, she helped improve the access to decent work and sustainable livelihoods for marginalized women in rural areas of Cambodia.

In 2014, she created Women Wor(l)ds, fo- cusing her work on women’s empowerment in rural areas of the world through legal and economic security. Besides, Lisa has volunteered at UNICEF as an ambassador to promote awareness on Human Rights and peace on campus.

Through these experiences, Lisa has deve- loped a strong knowledge of gender issues and fundamental Human Rights principles. She has a strong project coordination as well as research and implementation skills. She enjoys focusing on the topic of gender and development and she has a strong passion for Women’s Human Rights.

Simon A. Herteleer Simon A Herteleer is currently pursuing a Masters degree in International Relations

Simon A. Herteleer

Simon A Herteleer is currently pursuing a Masters degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. He is writing his dissertation on the influence of political systems on gender equality. He grew up in Quito, Ecuador and moved back to Belgium in 2011. He has worked with various NGO’s and international organizations. He is currently a steering committee member of YSAFE, a European Youth led organization that works towards forwarding SRHR at a Eurasian level. He is currently also coordinating the formation of a youth alliance with various organizations in Europe and central asia. He enjoys travelling the world and meeting people from all around the world; last year he visited over 17 countries. In the future he hopes to work in fields related to human rights and diplomacy and he hopes through this he will be able to build a better future.

Sofia Liby-Nelson

I have obtained my bachelor’s degree in

security policy from the Swedish Defence University. Currently, I’m studying my mas- ter’s degree in Human Rights at Uppsala University, while work-ing as a research assistant at the Institute for National

Defence and Security Policy Studies in Stockholm. My professional expe-rience also includes working as an intern at the embassy of Swe-den in Washington DC where I wrote a large number of reports with considerable breadth. Additionally I have been the secretary of the Student Union, Swedish Defence University. In this role,

I was responsible for integrating a gender

equality perspective in all the student activities. My bi-cultural background as French and Swedish has led me to a greater understanding of cultural differences always pursuing alternative perspectives to come up with new ways to solve problems. When I’m not at work or in school I spend time working out and indulging my love for seeing new places.

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Day 2 – 28 May 2016 Theme 1: What Is A Gender Agenda? Session 1:

Day 2 – 28 May 2016 Theme 1: What Is A Gender Agenda? Session 1:

Intervention 1:

“Current Gender Situation in Egypt, Aspirations of the Parliament in Gender Is- sues”. Anisa Hassouna, Egyptian Parliament

Aim: To present the current status of the Women representation and engagement in the Egyptian parliament. The presentation depicted figures and statistics in relation to the Egyptian women situation within the opposing challenges that hinder their realization. In addition, the presentation addressed the following questions through the Q/A session 1- How does the media landscape perceive this women movements?

2- How do you try to change the mind set? 3- What is the percentage of the hijab women in the parliament? 4- Do you believe you are backed up by a national platform? The session provided an insight from a par- liamentarian on the gender discourse and challenges facing promoting gender equa- lity and the role of women, the aggravation of the economic situation in the last five years at least have pulled down the gender equality achievements reached post 2011, the role of culture and education is extre- mely undermined and there is much work to be done towards conceiving the role of wo- men and the importance of gender equality in society. Issues such as birth control and early marriage remain to be highly debated issues; the highlight conservative societal culture supports those ideas and makes it hard for progress to show in those areas. This seriously impacts much of the work done by the state institutions especially after the achievements reached until the year 2010

impacts much of the work done by the state institutions especially after the achievements reached until
Session 1: Intervention 2: Anti-Sexual Violence Move- ments, Gains, Limitations, and Insights from the Femi-

Session 1:

Intervention 2:

Anti-Sexual Violence Move- ments, Gains, Limitations, and Insights from the Femi- nist Movement in Egypt Dalia Abdel Hamed, Head of Gender Studies Unit at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

The deteriorating sexual violence situation increased the motivation of the women to form groups to combat this increase in rate of violations. Various movements were established since then and some of their achievements which goes to the increased social movements are:

- Movements ended the social denial regar-

ding the sexual violence problem in Egypt

- Increase in the male involvement in

supporting the battle

- The level of political awareness imposed

by the social has increased. The Egyptian government has now issued an official strategy for combating violence against women, this is a multi-stakeholder strategy based on the cooperation between both the government and the civil society. Dalia explained that as civil society they had a successful model of a legal change, a grass root activism that influenced the po- licy level. This is better than the opposing module that the state tried to implement in terms of women circumcision. It took 5 years to have a single court case for circumcision from 2008 since it was

legislated until 2013. This shows how hard we need to work on the gender stereotypes to promote a change.

The success goes back to the idea that in the younger generation, there are different values of the gender system, we have the cyber space, but we do not have the social space. In addition, we hope this will get better. Questions:

Q- You are working on the results but not on the root cause, what are the strategies that you try to improve before the problem escalates and reaches a sever state, like what are the mitigation measures? A- The national strategy is ambitious and it tries to promote gender equality, but it does not mention at all the sexual harassment problem in Egypt and they just avoided it totally. After one year of the issuance of the strategy, we noticed lack of political will to support it and we are worried if this strategy will actually yield results in incorporating the gender awareness issues within the national school curriculum There are many obstacles that we are facing and they go back to cultural and religious norms of the society, as a first step we should try to enhance the curricula because there is a lesson in the school curriculum saying that a discussion group with the children asking if they think women should be working or not. So first we clean the brains and then we try and work on the more advanced issues such as comprehensive sexual education. Dalia explained that the cultural violence against women is there due to the power dynamics played in the society as well as the acceptance to the idea of young men harassing because they can do so and they see that they can get away with it. This in fact should not only be discouraged but it should be set as a crime. Addressing the trend of Feminism and stereotype behind; it happens to be for some parts of the society feminism is kind of a trend, socially it is supported

on FB and other social media platforms which has helped in creating a different approach

on FB and other social media platforms which has helped in creating a different approach in media, songs and day to day culture. Harassers in open media platform or advertisements are being constantly at- tacked if they present material to audience that is discriminating on gender or ethnic backgrounds.

that is discriminating on gender or ethnic backgrounds. Session 1: Intervention 3: Gender Agenda from a
that is discriminating on gender or ethnic backgrounds. Session 1: Intervention 3: Gender Agenda from a

Session 1:

Intervention 3:

Gender Agenda from a European perspective, experiences from transition countries, why is it good, successful experiences from implementation, main obstacles. Rep. Venice Commission Neila Chaabane / Valentina Pellizzer President of One World Platform

Discussing the situation of the representa- tion of women in Tunisia. We have rectified lots of conventions for any kind of mistreatment for women and in 2014, we have officially lifted all reservations and have followed the UN in that but the constitution is not enough, we need laws to enforce what is written in the constitution. One of these main rules / laws is the

electoral law where till now we do not have

a quota and we should have in every list of

elections a man and a woman to be elected together, this is to be implemented on the field level and in all parties.

I think that the challenges are huge and I

will give you some figures for that which can exhibit the size of these challenges; for example when addressing the economical level, social and political index; The contribution of women to the natio- nal economy impacts there participation ability, for example women who are actively working are 25% in Tunisia and it has been

stable for the past years, this sort of enga- gement allowed for political participation. The

stable for the past years, this sort of enga- gement allowed for political participation. The unemployment is 23% for women while 13% for the men, this is for as many reasons and yet it reflects in political participation of course. However access to school reached 99.5% which is fairly well but when looking at universities the percentage drops down to 16.7% for women When looking at the level of violence, where these figures are from 2010. It was found that 47.6% percentage of violence is directed toward women, this means that 1 out of 2 women are being exposed to violence. However the last parliamentary elections resulted in a 30% of the parliament elected as women, the percentage is roughly high and gives a lot of signals. Finally, it is important to focus on the fact that the experience of Tunisia could be looked at as a leading experience in promoting gender equality, this is due to the fact of increased rate in election and political participation of women. It is unfortunate however despite this success that there are many movements trying to suppress us from political de- velopmental within parties, they are very conservative when it comes to talking about the rights of women. On the contrary those challenges can also give hope and in the presence of a civil society which plays an important great role in protecting the rights of women and providing necessary support to mainstream human rights with a focus on the rights of women. However in the absence of laws that can protect and strengthen the role of women we cannot really talk about any human rights whether for men, women, and children. (This was mainly about the political situation in Tunisia and its relation to the women situation in Tunisia)

Valentina:

The challenge with addressing gender in parliaments is not the gender balance but rather the agenda promoted. When looking at a country like Bosnia we cannot forget harsh experiences like the war and its impact on the people which doesn’t leave them the same as before it.

Laws that are supposed to help combat the violence and discrimination don’t neces- sarily happen to exist. There are even laws that naturally discriminate, for example a law existed to support combatants who served even if for 3 days, but nothing for the women who were raped while participa- ting in the war. This justifies much of the violence that is around till now. When looking at this moment it is too early to talk about LGBT, the pressure of organiza- tions is rising for certain rules, this is why we have a government from the European Union who support us and provide somehow the LGBT matters.

We will use all our available resources and will keep trying to increase the female quo- ta for women and the LGBT issue is highly controversial because when you put accent on women it is very important and you try to enforce all these kinds of femininity. If you cannot even push for a maternity law for the women, how will they have it in terms of their reproductive rights and their careers? As for the digital security, we are all facing the same kind of situation and the internet has accelerated and created the possibi- lity to access all information. The mobile phones are the best tracking device for those who want to track you, at the moment, when a woman is violated, arrested or attached, you will have the entire world looking at it on the spot. But the more that you are known that more you will be attacked, especially by other women who don’t share these beliefs.

We can fight and try to have a law and we need to show that

We can fight and try to have a law and we need to show that we have real personalities and I always advocate for the feminist internet and there should be a political law for this.

Presentations: 7 presentations were selec- ted and presented by the participants out of the group of presentations collected earlier through the application process.

1. Anita Sorrentini - (A trial for rape)

2. Hajar Idrissi - (Refugee Youth Forum)

3. Maria Garcia - (Clara Covpower)

4. Olivia Cummins

- (Linda Bellos)

5. Piotr Kalkowski -

(Together for Equality)

6. Sarah Abdallah -

(Women in Front)

- (Linda Bellos) 5. Piotr Kalkowski - (Together for Equality) 6. Sarah Abdallah - (Women in
Day 2 – 28 May 2016 Theme 2: Equality and/or Feminism Session 3: “Arab &

Day 2 – 28 May 2016 Theme 2: Equality and/or Feminism Session 3: “Arab & Muslim Feminism(s): Gender Equa- lity in the Law” - Breaking the one sided perception of history. Re-reading Arab history from a gender sensitive perspective. PHD. Hoda El Saady, the Wo- men and Memory Forum and Professor at the American University in Cairo PHD: Marwa Sharaf El-Dien

Revolving on medical literature: Relating how does the biological nature of women affect its ability and how are some things referred to as heritage but when you go back to history books and the medical literature for example you will not find any kind of talk about the nature of the women, it was introduced later in the modernity era. So in the modern era when medical stu- dents came back from Europe and wrote about women, this is where they introduced these concepts that are referred to as “heri- tage” but they are not actually. You choose what heritage is telling you, you choose your beliefs no matter what you hear. It is the diversity of heritage that gives it its beauty. We need to determine what we mean by Islamic heritage when we talk about it. We need to closely look at history and the fact is that, women have always carried the burden of heritage throughout history. We need to look at this in a new perspective, one that promotes equality for both men and women. All historical books have been written by

people who were affected by that specific context. When you look at the context you will understand that there are reasons for why he wrote in such a way and why are

his opinions like this. Therefore, history reflects the historian views of reality and not the actual reality. Always keep this in mind when you read

a primary source with data that this is

relevant to the background of the writer and not to the actual era in which he lived and at least it cannot be generalized to all days after and generations. We might discover in history challenging

ideas that emphasize the role of the women, so look at the history in a new way and think from where is the source of this document, what is the context of it then you will understand what is this concept and why is

it there.

The most strict Islamic law books and one of the most famous of them across all ages, is called the rules of women and for example when someone reads it, he might think that women were always kept at home and this is how it was like back then. At the same time, you will find other books of him that will say something else, not for him, but for other writers of his time. So which

is reflecting the reality, some books talk about women doing transactions in the mar- ket, which means that they were working, but how come do some people consider the reality in relation to a certain author and

not the other. He who writes history selects what to write in the books, this means that since men were always writing books throughout his- tory, this means that they purposely omitted women out of their writings and this cannot be referred to as proper history.

It is not a problem of women it is a problem

of historiography, the writing of history. An example was given to show how does the context of the writer affect his writings and how his various key factors will influence

his books content then historically these will be looked at as a heritage and will

his books content then historically these will be looked at as a heritage and will be referred to as a standard or a “rule” some- times while if you read for other writers from the same era you might find very contradicting information or stories.

Marwa Sharafeldin Started with a video on how certain rules related to women rights in Muslim coun- tries are been set in place years ago as a celebration of successful introducing of such laws in action. The session is about Feminism and that it is a kind of awareness and it includes actions, which is why there are women’s movements. Tackling the Shariaa and the way it is defined and understood. Listing the differences between the Sharia, the Fiqh, Law and Practice. In these four fields of theory / practice, examples were given on certain issues like polygamy, divorce, and such and how do each of them views it and applies it and interprets it. In any conversation between Islam and Feminism, both parts should acknowledge each other as equal before they get into the discussion. The Islam should not look inferior at the feminism and the Feminism should not look at Islam or any religion as outdated and invalid. When you respect that people who are in front of you that they all have journeys, and we have to respect the other person, it is not just that this other person is falling under false consciousness, but everyone has his own journey. Then the presentation continued explai- ning about Qiwama, which is maintenance for obedience reflected in law; marriage guardianship, husband permission, mainte- nance, polygamy, disciplining, custody fee and breast feeding fee, financial guar-

dianship over children, etc. The explanation of these terms was done through reflection and explanation of spe- cific Quran verses. Wrap UP Session:

What did we learn? Women in parliament Islamic feminism Women in politics Sexual harassment Reconstructing history Various experiences from the participants’ presentations

Talk to your partner Find out what you are curious about and write it down then find a group and discuss with it these ideas.

Day 3 – 29 May 2016 Theme 1: Gender Equality in Public Sphere Session 1:

Day 3 – 29 May 2016 Theme 1: Gender Equality in Public Sphere Session 1:

Intervention 1:

“Challenges facing female activists in politics” Feminist Foreign Policy (3R) in Sweden Rep. the Swedish MSA Anna Wrange Swedish Foreign Service action plan for feminist foreign policy 2015 – 2018 including focus areas for

2016.

How there is an effort by the government to incorporate gender in all sectors and levels. Discussing feminism in Denmark and how is gender incorporated in all levels and enforced by the government. All governmental proposals are not accep- ted if they are not accompanied by a gender analysis. All embassies and ministries have gender focal points constituting of a man and a

woman. The long term objectives of the action plan objectives (some):

- Full enjoyment of human rights

- Freedom from physical psychological and sexual violence

- Participation in preventing

The action plan has several focus areas, for example:

- Violence in conflict and post conflict

situations

- Strengthen the human rights of women and

girls in humanitarian settings

- Strengthen sexual and reproductive rights

of girls and young people

- Strengthen the economic empowerment

of women and girls and their access to economic resources

- Promote the participation of women as ac-

tors in peace processes and peace support

operations.

- Promote the participation of women and

girls as actors for economical socially and

environmentally sustainable development.

- Combat gender based and sexual violence

against women and girls in conflict and post conflict situations and impunity for such crimes.

and sexual violence against women and girls in conflict and post conflict situations and impunity for
Intervention 2: Youssry Moustapha - The culture of Gender based violence in the Arab World

Intervention 2:

Youssry Moustapha

- The culture of Gender

based violence in the Arab World Video and Exercise (GIZ – Open Society Foun- dation) Culture and Gender Equality

Intersection between the legal, the cultural and the social levels. Difference between culture and nature. And is culture really fixed or can it be changed. The notions of social levels and how to they intermix and how rights are being constant- ly negotiated and how are we constantly picking and selecting and choosing rights at the time they are all right and we should not select some and reject some and how does time make certain things acceptable at the time before they were totally unac- ceptable. When we analyze violence against women,

poverty is a main factor. Law tradition and culture: this is a chart and in it are circles within circles. The inner circle represents the state and condition of feminism within the customs and traditions circle while the outer circle represents the law and is the state where feminism is en- forced and modernized. T between the inner circle and the external circle is a series of levels mentioned below.

- We have the law (the biggest circle)

- Then the legal disorder: appears either

in legislation (like family laws based on Shariaa) and the other main factor is the enforcement of the law.

- Chaotic zone

- Cultural disorder

- Customs and traditions (the smallest circle)

Rights and laws are directly related to the political power in the society. The fact that we lack social and economic rights is a reflection. We have rules about cultures, there are various relations amongst them, and when we view human rights from political pers- pective, we will better understand how to deal with it. So at least at the end we have

to insist that all human rights should be

enforced because it is our future.

Intervention 3:

Katrine Manfred - Gender Equality in Europe. The Case of Denmark. History of Equality in Den- mark The women’s movement in Denmark The history of Danish wo- men’s movement.

Shed the light on how history is interpre- ted. Who writes history and who interprets history and who has the right to influence this history? IN Denmark women had the right to go to

the national parliament in 1915, so we just celebrated 100 years of this memory.

A brief about how did the women in Den-

mark get to participate in the parliament finally in the form of being able to vote and that came after 40 years of struggle and how did the men try to call it the thank you

parade but women refused because this should have been their right for a long time

parade but women refused because this should have been their right for a long time ago not just now after the struggle and the pushing for it for 40 years. In 2015, a great celebration was done to commemorate this event, thousands of people came to the parade, but the feminist group met with this parade and their banner said: “we were not given the right to vote,

we fought for it”. Because all the media were re-mentioning that in 1915 women were granted the right to vote and it seemed as if they were reopening the issue and as if they were saying thank you for the men. In 1918 the first election happened in Denmark after the law in 1915, but the poli- tical parties were not very women-friendly

so it

members with them). We need to work with the cultural and political parties because it is still a male dominated area and it is always remember that the feminist movements are pushing for social reform and we should keep in mind not to take history books for granted, as they do not give justice to the actual reality. Explanation of the Sustainable Development Goals:

- Broad consultative process including with

accept women still to be sitting as

Session 2:

Round Table

- The impact of internatio- nal donor agenda

- Gender, Youth and the

SDGs (sustainable develop- ment goals) UN Women Emad Karim and Lena Karis- son

youth

- Focused on ending poverty and leaving no one behind, quality as well as quantity

- Universal and apply in all countries

regardless of development status

- Three dimensions of sustainable develop-

ment – economic social and environmental and goal 16 on peace and security

- Explicitly founded in human rights, strong

focus on inequality and non-discrimination

- Strong gender goal

- Strong focus on data and disaggregation to leave no one behind

- Focus on mobilizing financing from all sources including domestic resources.

And the presentation tackled the call from youth on gender equality – youth forum 2015 where they asked the governments to:

- Prevent gender stereotypes

- Undertake decisive actions to end gender based violence

- Youth to start inclusive conversation on gender equality

- Etc.…

The SDGs promote Gender equality and the measuring progress for them includes 9

targets each with specific indicators like:

- Proportion of seats held by women in na-

tional parliaments and local governments,

- Etc.…

“Then the example of the SDG 5 in Kuwait

was given which is ensure women full and effective participation and equal oppor-

tunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political economic and public life”. The SDGs were there because the MDGs failed to:

- Consider the root cause of poverty

- Overlooked gender inequality

- No mention of human rights

- No holistic responses

The SDGs were chosen by starting with an open working group representing 70 countries to kick off with a draft then they

organized global consultations and natio- nal consultations, e-surveys, door to door surveys, etc. Activity: 2

organized global consultations and natio- nal consultations, e-surveys, door to door surveys, etc.

Activity:

2 groups 1 men, 1 women Europe, 1 women MENA Write down what are the things that make you feel safe that you would take with you in the morning when you leave your house. Then the safety requirements of the diffe- rent groups were discussed and compared showing how more cautious women need to be and all the precautions related to their safety that should be addressed. Then ideas were collected on how does the different societies envision men and what do they mean by “being a man”.

envision men and what do they mean by “being a man”. Day 4 – 30 May

Day 4 – 30 May 2016 Working Groups: Seminar Statement Preparations

Participants were divided into groups and they discussed the 6 main topics of the seminar:

1- Legal Framework 2- Challenges & Lessons Learned 3- LGBT Rights 4- Exchange of Experience / Ideas 5- Definition & Perception of Feminism 6- Implementation (Programs & Projects)

The recommendations for each of the topics were noted down and discussed through the World Café approach, then the final statements / products were shared with the organizers. These would constitute the basis for the follow-up and recommendations of the seminar.

Facebook Group:

Participants of the seminar created a Face- book group called:

Gender Equality now! – Youth Exchange

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