Director’s Update: December 2017

To finish up 2017, in December,

We organized

-       A conference on Legislations on Violence against Women in MENA Region, in partnership with IM Swedish Development Partner, Diakonia, and the Norwegian People’s Aid. The conference brought together CSOs, government representatives, and women’s rights activists from Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon, and discussed civil society’s role in gender equality law reform over the years, marking its successes in Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia.

-       An arts competition and panel discussion on the theme “Violence Against Women: Whose Problem Is it?” on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. In collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) the competition brought together young artists from the Arab world. The winners were announced at an event featuring a talk by Rand Abdul Nour, a Jordanian artist who has done powerful creative work to promote the repeal of Jordan’s Article 308, which until recently allowed a rapist to escape prosecution if they married their victim. The winning video, Misplaced Guilt, was created by Pia Maria el Khoury, Rita Abi Daoud, Emma Nader, Imad Barakat, and Jana Abi Ghosn.

We held

-       A Regional Consultation on the Implication of Political Development in the Arab Region on the Status of Women, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The objective of the expert group meeting was to have a nuanced understanding of the current political situation and its consequences on women. The conference unpacked the latest developments, assessed the risks associated with women, as well as anticipated impact on their recent socio-political and economic gains.

We sent

-       A call for papers, focused on feminist movements for gender equality and women’s rights across the region, for an edited volume on Young Arab Women Beyond Boundaries and Borders.

We said

-       Goodbye to 2017, a year that saw IWSAW grow, tackling new issues, making new connections, and finding new ways of bringing together activism and academia, to create a more equal world.