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Beyond Revolution: State Building in Arab States

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
2015 was UN Women’s fifth year. As we marked this milestone, the United Nations celebrated 70 years of fostering human rights, and governments and civil society assessed 15 years of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, and of Security...
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
As the Syria peace talks continue, Syrian women have reached a record in terms of numerical representation in the negotiations aiming to end five years of violent conflict in their country. Although numbers are only the first step toward...
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Libyan scholar and activist Zahra Langhi, whom iKNOW Politics interviewed in 2015, lives in exile in Egypt. She was among those who called for a "Day of Anger" against Muammar Gaddafi in February 2011. Five years later, she looks back at the Libyan...
 Afkham is a veteran of Iran’s diplomatic service, having served as a ministerial aide and later as head of its public relations department. Photo-Youtube
Monday, April 13, 2015
Iran is to appoint its first female ambassador since the 1979 Islamic revolution, marking a breakthrough for women in government under the moderate president,Hassan Rouhani.  Marzieh Afkham, who is the country’s first foreign ministry spokeswoman,...
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Alianza por la Solidaridad is looking for a consultant to generate evidence on response to gender based violence in the context of the Syrian Crisis in Lebanon and Jordan.  The purpose of the consultancy is to generate evidence as to the extent,...
Kurdish politician Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman Photo: Linkedin/Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Kurdish politician Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman tells Sofia Barbarani how her family were murdered in a terrorist attack and why she's battling Isil. To read the article published on 20th February 2015, please click here.
Ameena Alrasheed, Ph.D
Ameena AlRasheed iKNOW Politics expert & Professor at Bahrain University
Monday, February 09, 2015
Dr.Ameena Alrasheed speaks to us about women, peace and security and the implementation of UNSCR1325 in the Middle East and North Africa region What measures can/should be put in place to guarantee women’s political participation in post-conflict...
Kalthoum Kennou
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
In a life spanning colonial rule, war, autocracy and revolution, Tunis resident Halima never saw a reason to vote. A chance meeting in a souk earlier this month gave her one. She was introduced to Kalthoum Kannou, who has three children, a long...
Friday, November 07, 2014
Arab women are increasingly present in public life, contrary to widespread misconceptions about the region. This is at least what  Youssef Courbage, research director at the French National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), contends. The...
Martin Schulz Women conference
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
This week Schulz kicked off the spring forward for women conference, which aims to bring about ideas for encouraging political representation of women, with particular focus on women in Arab countries. The conference comes as world leaders gear up...
Elections in Tunisia 2014 Women
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tunisia, despite being the most advanced Arab nation in terms of women's rights, is still fare from adhering fully to the principles enshrined in the January 2014 Constitution and from abiding by the ratification of international treaties in daily...
Friday, October 17, 2014
Women from all walks of life, age groups and regions of Tunisia took to the streets in the December 2010 –January 2011 uprising that led to the ousting of former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 14, 2011. Women also participated in large...
Une Tunisienne manifeste pendant le Printemps Arabe
Thursday, October 16, 2014
by Sarah Bernolet    A Presidential election will be held in Tunisia on the 23rd of November 2014, a month after the parliamentary election. If necessary, there will be a second round of voting on the 28th of December. This will be the first regular...
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Since the UN Security Council passed resolution 1325 on women, peace and security there has been a worldwide call for women and girls to be protected from gender based violence, and their voices to be brought to the forefront in discussions...
Beyond revolution in the Arab states
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
By - Ashwath Komath   The Arab Spring was a complete game-changer in the Middle East and the world in general. Apart from being a political movement all over the Arab world, it was also a revolution in terms of culture and social values. What is...
Ikram Ben Said
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ikram Ben Said took part in the Arab Spring's first successful uprising — and then realized that the struggle for women's rights in Tunisia was just beginning One of the ironies of the 2011 revolution in Tunisia is that while it was a step forward...
Political participation of youth
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Summary of E-Discussion “Can young people break the socio-cultural and institutional barriers for women in politics?”     iKNOW Politics hosted a discussion on the political participation of youth and their capacity to empower women during the...
Yemeni Women
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Photo-Al Jazeera After years of activism, Amal Basha's demands for guarantees of greater representation for women in the political system has finally edged closer to reality. "Women have been fighting for it for a long time," said the prominent...
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Prepared and presented by Basma Soudani Belhadj (President  and founder of League of Tunisian Women Voters LET) and Najla Abbes  (board member and co-founder of LET): An overview of women's political participation after the 2011 revolution in...
Monday, August 18, 2014
2011 was the year where Tunisian history suddenly witnessed a significant turnout by the outbreak of the popular uprising in Tunisia causing the fall of the authoritarian regime. That revolutionary movement led to free elections of the National...
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
On August 19 at 9 am EDT iKNOW Politics organizes a webinar on Women's Participation in Constitution-Building processes in Egypt and Tunisia.  A country’s constitution provides the framework for its legal system, which shapes not only the political...
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
On August 19 at 9 am EDT iKNOW Politics organizes a webinar on Women's Participation in Constitution-Building processes in Egypt and Tunisia.  A country’s constitution provides the framework for its legal system, which shapes not only the political...
Friday, July 11, 2014
In the U.S., the term “hashtag activism” is usually uttered with a kind of derisive sneer, the implication being that social media can’t be used to effect any kind of “real” change. But in Syria, sites like Twitter and Facebook are an integral part...
Friday, July 11, 2014
As a 22-year-old still living at home with her family in Chicago, college student Ala’a Basatneh doesn’t seem like a typical revolutionary.  Born in Syria, Basatneh moved to the U.S. at a young age and grew up as an ordinary suburban teenager. But...
Saturday, July 05, 2014
Tunisian civil society activist Ahlem Hachicha and University of Tunis El Manar professor Fatima Radhouani talk to Marwan Bishara about the achievements for women in the Arab world. We invite our users to watch the video published on July 6th 2014.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
This report includes a tool for carrying out self-assessments of the state of local democracy. The assessment tool was developed by International IDEA and has been used with great success to carry out assessments in many countries, including new as...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Inclusive and effective political institutions (parliament, constituent assemblies, and political parties) are critical to respond to citizen’s expectations for voice, development and accountability: this requires a constant engagement with...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
A prominent Libyan human rights lawyer and activist has been assassinated in her home in Benghazi. Armed men fought their way into the house of Salwa Bughaighis before shooting her. Ms Bughaighis was an outspoken critic of many of the armed groups,...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis was shot dead by unknown assailants at her home in the restive east Libyan city of Benghazi late Wednesday, hospital and security sources said. “Unknown hooded men wearing military uniforms attacked Mrs...
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Arab Youth and Evolving Regional Context The Arab region has been experiencing a massive youth bulge, with more than half of most countries’ populations under the age of 25. Young men and women in the Arab region today are the most educated; thus...
Ikram Ben Said
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
On May 19, 2014 NDI and it's Chairman Madeleine K. Albright organized the annual luncheon on the theme of "Advancing Women in Politics: The Gateway to Economic Empowerment" to honor the Tunisian organization Aswat Nissa (Women's voices). We are...
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Women alongside men participated in the protest movements in the Arab world in 2011. From Tunisia to Bahrain, from Egypt to Syria women from all backgrounds demanded freedom, equality, dignity, justice and democracy. Did we hear them and listen to...
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The United Nations in Egypt has been following with deep concern the recent reports and statistics indicating the high prevalence of sexual harassment in Egypt. The UN calls upon authorities, civil society and stakeholders to join forces and take a...
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) session held on 26 January 2014 did not put an end to disagreements among its members. However, it did represent the culmination of the work done by members. These members were elected by people on 23...
Monday, June 09, 2014
Nation-building processes cannot work and development goals cannot be achieved if women are denied meaningful political participation. To ensure this, Pakistan’s Parliament introduced in 2002 a 17 percent gender quota in all legislative houses. But...
Friday, June 06, 2014
Geneva, 6 June 2014 – The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has welcomed a new Egyptian decree punishing sexual harassment as a first but crucial step to tackle the growing problem of violence against women and urged other countries to do more on the...
Thursday, May 29, 2014
They were euphoric during the first months that followed the fall of Zine Al-Abedine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak. The Arabs had regained their pride. But that pride has long since ebbed away and hope turned into disappointment. In the countries where...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Women were angered by the percentage allocated to their representation in the future parliament according to the new parliament law, the National Council for Women said on Thursday. A committee formed by a presidential decree to draft this new law...
Shaheer George Interview with Egyptian political activist Shaheer George
Monday, May 19, 2014
Egyptian political activist Shaheer George speaks about the 2014 constitution, the role of civil society in advancing women's rights after the 2011 revolution and the different perspectives on women's political empowerment across generations.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Egyptians are scheduled to head to polls on 26-27 May to elect a new president for the second time in three years.The official results of the vote will be announced on 5 June. If no candidate garners more than half the vote in the first round,...

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