Welcome to the first Peace X Peace Forum! These forums, which we hope to host regularly, will take on pressing issues in the world of peacebuilding and gender. This time, we have gathered women from around the Middle East – from Egypt to Tunisia and beyond – to discuss how women have influenced the Arab Spring, and the impact it has had on them. We hope you enjoy this discussion and add your own thoughts in the comments!
By Sahar Taman
Roua Seghaier writes in her article: "A Step to Implement Democracy: Transforming Women from Political T...for the Peace X Peace Forum on Women and the Arab Spring, that “the unification of pro-change and pro-tradition (Arab) women is crucially important, since females are the first beneficiaries of their participation in the new government. It is insanity that numerous women stand against their own rights. We need to come to the realization of our common goal that can only be achieved through consensus, and finally move up the ladder from being an unconscious group to an organized one.”
I agree completely that bringing pro-change and pro-tradition Arab women together is vital in restarting women’s gains during the Arab Spring. I also put the burden of initiating that partnership on the pro-change women. Let’s start by defining pro-change. Here I tend to mean women who often come from privilege of wealth, status and education and therefore enjoy great freedoms from them. I am not talking headscarves, face veils, apparel and other nonsense. We are talking about women who are making themselves visible with their ideas, actions, art, music, speech, protests, etc. to a public audience or to smaller audiences such as a local community or even a family. Read the entire article here.