Women in Science Hall of Fame – 2013 (Middle East – North Africa)

The Department of State initiated a Women in Science Hall of Fame in 2010 to honor outstanding female scientists throughout the Middle East and North Africa. New hall of fame members are selected annually for their accomplishments, and we hope to develop a strong network of professional women scientists across the region. Dr. Boshra Salem, president of the MAB International Coordinating Council and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Alexandria University (Egypt), was … [Read more...]

Navi Pillay calls for an end to the violence in Egypt

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has called on all sides in the current unrest in Egypt "to refrain from resorting to violence and to resolve their differences peacefully." More than 50 people are believed to have been killed in Egypt since January 24th, when thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to commemorate the second anniversary of their revolution. Three days later, President Mohammed Morsi declared a state of emergency. Rupert Colville, UN … [Read more...]

Employment Trends for Women 2012, Strategies for Change

Global Employment Trends for Women 2012 Reversal of gains in women's employment Women are still more likely to be unemployed than men around the world. That's one of the conclusions of the ILO's Global Employment Trends for Women 2012. And the report also found that, while the numbers vary from region to region, the steady progress being made by women in the workplace slowed, stopped or reversed as a result of the global economic crisis.     Strategies for Change - One … [Read more...]

Farah [Diba] Pahlavi – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ Celebrates the Life of this woman of strength through this tribute; admiring her courage, dedication and vision. She stated in the film 'The Queen and I' that things in Iran could have been different if their had only been 'dialogue'.   These are the words of a true visionary!       WOMAN of ACTION     Farah Pahlavi, Her Imperial Majesty, Empress of Iran       Farah Pahlavi, Her Imperial Majesty, … [Read more...]

De-bunking Mideast Myths: Sara Mohamed on Arab Women in Business

Lorre White - WOMAN of ACTION™ reports: Sara Mohamed on Arab Women in Business … [Read more...]

Egypt’s draft constitution to ensure equality and women’s rights

Head of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and pratice Kamala Chandrakirna. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré December 2012 – A group of United Nations human rights experts today voiced deep concern about Egypt’s draft constitution, and called on its Government to ensure equality, non-discrimination and protection and promotion of women’s rights in the final text. “Key opportunities have so far been missed,” stressed independent expert Kamala Chandrakirana, who … [Read more...]

Lynn Manwar – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this powerhouse of strength, rising above a multitude of life challenges; including a period of estrangement from her own father, a man she loves dearly, arthritis, thyroid cancer and many other challenges.  Her message to the women of our world is that life offers many experiences, and one can rise above it all through the sheer power of  'unconditional love'.   This power of example is now here to help the Women of our World, … [Read more...]

Egypt, Human Chain against Sexual Harassment – “I Wish” … “Nefsi”

“I wish I could walk around without being hurt by inappropriate words.” On a Wednesday in May 2012, inspired by snowballing social media discussions on sexual harassment in Egypt, a group of independent activists took the conversation to an offline public. They aimed to build support in Cairo and beyond, using the most simple of approaches: the country’s first ‘human chain’ against sexual harassment. In line with the global UN project, “Safe Cities”, which works to make cities and … [Read more...]

EGYPT, Cairo – Landmark Cairo Population Conference

ISTANBUL—Lawmakers from 110 countries reaffirmed today their support to the principles and goals of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), emphasizing their continued centrality to efforts to reduce poverty and safeguard people’s health and rights, including sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. At the fifth global parliamentarians’ conference on population and development, held here on 24-25 May, some 400 delegates, including more than … [Read more...]

Egyptian women cast votes and rally for their country’s future

“Even if I am not going to live for very much longer, I am voting for the future of my grandchildren.” So states one elderly lady as she waits in front of a polling station in Cairo, voicing the hope and resolve of a nation going to the polls. Over 50 million voters are eligible for Egypt’s 2012 presidential elections, the first since the country’s inspiring revolution, and of them, 23 million are women. Recent UN Women’s analysis has shown that 90.3 per cent of women surveyed are willing … [Read more...]

SHIRLEE HALL Speaking on Egyptian Yoga…

    A Celebration of Women     ....did you know that yoga is actually an ancient African Philosophy for attaining the highest goal of spirituality, supreme wisdom and practicing certain disciplines including posture manipulations of life force, etc. etc. According to the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, yoga began not in India but in Egypt. I've always been fascinated with Egypt. As a young woman used to do oil paintings depicting Egyptian scenes. Have offered workshops featuring the … [Read more...]

WOMAN of ACTION – Dr. Phyllis Chesler on Michael Coren Show

Dr. Phyllis Chesler on Michael Coren Show To combat the epidemic of honor killings requires understanding what makes these murders unique. They differ from plain and psychopathic homicides, serial killings, crimes of passion, revenge killings, and domestic violence. Their motivation is different and based on codes of morality and behavior that typify some cultures, often reinforced by fundamentalist religious dictates. In 2000, the United Nations estimated that there are 5,000 honor … [Read more...]

‘In the Shadow of a Man’ ~ first film from young female Egyptian

  UN Women– Sponsored Film Premieres at the Berlin Film Festival A documentary film commissioned by UN Women has premiered at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival in Germany. In the Shadow of a Man is the first film from young female Egyptian-British filmmaker Hanan Abdalla, and is the first to be commissioned by UN Women in Egypt. Cutting across class and geography, Shadow is an intimate portrait of four very different Egyptian women as they tell their stories of … [Read more...]

ADELE BUTLER – Women of Spirit: Attack on Female Protesters

  Attack on Female Protesters     I was shocked when I read about the attack on the female protesters in the Ivory Coast. Thousands of women were protesting because of President Laurent Gbagobo’s refusal to step down when tanks showed up and soldiers opened fire. These women were unarmed. They didn’t stand a chance against these tanks. Seven of the demonstrators were shot—six died on the spot while one died on the way to the hospital. Gbagobo has crossed the line and over “to a new level … [Read more...]

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