Moroccan Women Continue the Fight for Rights

Fouzia Assouli, President of the Federation of the Democratic League for Women’s Rights – WNN Soapbox (WNN)   I have been fighting for women’s rights in Morocco for almost 40 years, and while we don’t yet have a month dedicated to commemorating women’s history as American women do, we have had many victories. And despite setbacks, […]

Barrier-free Storytelling

Barrier-free Storytelling

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – WNN Interviews (WNN/RFE/RL) Istanbul, TURKEY, WESTERN ASIA: Elif Shafak is an award-winning Turkish novelist, who writes in both English and Turkish. She has published 13 books, including “The Bastard of Istanbul,” “The Forty Rules of Love,” “Honor,” and her nonfiction memoir “Black Milk,” an account of her struggle with post-partum […]

Hona Zarqa: the local women making the media their own

Hona Zarqa: the local women making the media their own

Alice Su – Middle East Monitor – Friday, 13 September 2013 (originally published  10 Sept) Sally Ahmed Zarir works in a newsroom inside a refugee camp. Zarqa, Jordan’s industrial centre 12 miles northeast of Amman, is home to over 50 per cent of Jordanian’s factories, a 15.9 per cent unemployment rate, and the country’s oldest […]

Court Rules for Women in Western Wall Dispute

Court Rules for Women in Western Wall Dispute

Isabel Kersher – New York Times – Monday, 15 April 2013 (originally published 11 Apr) JERUSALEM — In the latest twist in the struggle for the character of the Western Wall, a magistrates’ court here ruled on Thursday that five women who had been detained at the Jewish holy site that morning for wearing prayer […]

Social Media Gives Indonesian Women New Voice

Social Media Gives Indonesian Women New Voice

Niniek Karmini – ABC News – Wednesday, 20 February 2013 (originally published 18 Feb) Fikri, chief of Garut district in West Java province, called it quits four days after marrying his teenage bride in July. He claimed she was not a virgin, which she denied. A photo of the couple posted on the Internet slowly […]

Rights activist Esra’a Al Shafei shares digital tech with CrowdVoice

Rights activist Esra’a Al Shafei shares digital tech with CrowdVoice

Siobhan Chan – WNN Improve It (WNN/SciDev) London, UNITED KINGDOM: Internet-based technology and tools are becoming vital elements in the movement towards open government. But with so much information available, and so many different social media platforms, it can be hard to find relevant, reliable information. The Middle East-based website CrowdVoice.org — run by Mideast Youth […]