International Women’s Day 2017
March 8, 2017
In honor of International Women’s Day, women across the world joined together in marches, service projects, and political efforts. Refer to the International Women’s Day event tracker for detailed accounts of the events taking place in the MENA region.
Inclusive Security Hosts: Stopping War and Thwarting the Next
January 10, 2017
Follow this link to register for the Livestream of Stopping War and Thwarting the Next. Learn how you can be #wagingpeace from a panel of experts.
For more information see Inclusive Security’s webpage.
Forward Global Women joins Women Wage Peace in the 2016 March of Hope
From October 4th – October 19th, women of Israel and Palestine have gathered together in the March of Hope. Spanning over 250km during the 2 weeks, these courageous women stand together for security and a lasting peace in their region. Numerous organizations and communities have stood in solidarity with the March of Hope participants from all across the world. Forward Global Women has aided in coordinating many of these events.
Watch the March for Hope video
Learn more about the March of Hope and what you can do to become involved.
Check out the video that went viral covering the #MarchofHope2016: link.
Women’s Challenges for Security, Peace, Rights and Equality in the Middle East: Reducing Vulnerability and Building Resilience
This year’s convening will feature three keynote speakers and a formal reception at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus.
Amal Hamidallah, Lawyer, Regional Director-Middle East, Cordaid
Amal Hamidallah is a lawyer and civil society analyst, and an expert of the Middle East and North Africa. She is the founder of the Gulf Foundation, specializing in civil society empowerment and development in the Arab world with particular focus on the Arab Gulf countries and women’s rights. Currently, she is the regional director for the Middle East at Cordaid.
Fatima Sadiqi, Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies
Fatima Sadiqi is a Professor at the University of Fez, and current fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Her work focuses on women’s issues in modern North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean world. Fatima founded the first Moroccan Center for Studies and Research on Women in 1998, and the first graduate program on Gender Studies in 2000 at the University of Fez.
Anat Thon, Lawyer, civil society activist
Anat Thon-Ashkenazy is the former Project Director of the Civil Society 1325 Action Plan at Itach-Maaki–Women Lawyers for Social Justice. In recent years, she has acted to promote the representation of diverse women in a variety of public decision-making bodies, especially in the field of security. In this capacity, she has submitted numerous petitions to the Supreme Court, based on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and its legislation in Israel.
“Women Crossing Borders for Peace”
We live in a peace-deficit world. But what if the world was different? What if we were swathed with positive images of the nonviolent resolution of conflicts and war? How might things be different if we become peace weavers rather than peace hackers? Would it be possible to build a more peaceful world?
We wholeheartedly believe so. Peace is created by people who have the values, principles, and ethics of human dignity and equality that inform and sustain peaceful relationships. This is reminiscent of the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which begins by recognizing “the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family (as) the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world” (United Nations General Assembly, 1948).
From the US Civil Rights struggle to the Arab Spring, many initiatives and movements have challenged and contested the status quo and have tilted the scales in favor of ever-lasting peace and new leadership. A key component for supporting peace and democracy is increasing women’s participation in peace and reconciliation negotiations as well as developing and supporting women’s leadership abilities. Women’s participation in public life and political stability are mutually reinforcing.
“What does Security Mean to You?” Project – in process
This is a joint effort of women from countries in the MENA region (Middle East/North Africa) and from various social positions – to understand what “security” means to women in our respective countries and in our joint region. We know that women feel the need for security in many areas of their every-day lives. Hence our aim in this initiative is to create a space for women to voice their concerns, their experiences and their thoughts about certain securities they strive for. In order to elicit concrete stories we ask women to share stories of security and security-breaching. We began with a pilot in Israel and Jordan and the next stage will add Morocco, seek reactions for the collected stories and include a literature review. Dr. Pnina Steinberg, Israel is the lead researcher in cooperation with Professor Rula Quawas, Jordan and Professor Fatima Sadiqi, Morocco.
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Forward Global Women fosters and nurtures the development and growth of women leaders to become active peacemakers promoting co-existence. We envision a world where women are actively engaged in conflict-resolution and peacemaking.
Forward Global Women is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that convenes and trains women leaders in political and civic life from the MENA countries of Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco along with USA women. The first two convenings were held in St. Paul Minnesota in 2011 and 2013. The third convening was held in Berlin, Germany, October 14-17, 2014. The Fourth Convening was held in Minneapolis, MN from August 2-7, 2015. The fifth convening is tentatively planned for late July, 2016 in Cyprus.
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