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Visibility and Visuality: Reframing Gender in the Middle East, North Africa, and Their Diasporas

October, 2012

In conjunction with the Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society project initiated by the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art, Signs presents a special virtual issue addressing the complexity of women’s lives, livelihoods, and circumstances in North Africa, the Middle East, and their diasporas.

Manual on Women Human Rights Defenders - Arabic

June, 2012

Executive Summary- The Women Human Rights Defenders program at Nazra for Feminist Studies is launching its manual on Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs). Rather than translate into Arabic manuals that have been produced by other organizations, the WHRD program opted to produce it’s a manual that is especially tailored to the Egyptian context.

The Arab Spring: 20 Measures for Equality

March, 2012

Women, alongside men, participated in the protest movements that shook the Arab world in 2011 demanding freedom, equality, justice and democracy. Women, as well as men, paid and continue to pay a high price for their struggles. Today women must be able to play their full part in building the futures of their countries. Women's participation in public and political life, on an equal basis with men, is an essential condition for democracy and social justice, values at the heart of the Arab spring.

الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا: بوادر لاستمرار الاحتجاجات والقمع في 2012

January, 2012

حذرت منظمة العفو الدولية اليوم في تقرير جديد حول الأحداث المأسوية التي شهدتها السنة الفائتة من أنه من المرجح أن يستمر تسميم أجواء الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا في 2012 جراء العنف والقمع الذي تمارسه الدول، ما لم تستيقظ الحكومات في الإقليم والقوى الدولية إلى مدى عمق التغيرات المطلوبة منها للتعامل مع ما يحدث.

Year of Rebellion: The State of Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa

January, 2012

Repression and state violence is likely to continue to plague the Middle East and North Africa in 2012 unless governments in the region and international powers wake up to the scale of the changes being demanded of them, Amnesty International warned today in a new report into the dramatic events of the last year.

In the 80-page Year of Rebellion: State of Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, the organization describes how governments across the region were willing in 2011 to deploy extreme violence in an attempt to resist unprecedented calls for fundamental reform.

Female Circumcision - Female Genital Mutilation

May, 2007
Women News Network

Egyptian villagers explain why they circumcise their daughters. This is an excerpt from a television program about female circumcision in Egypt, which aired on Egyptian TV on May 10, 2007.