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REPORT: GENDER QUESTIONS | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIs it possible to examine aspects of gender relations on all shores of the Mediterranean? That is what this report aims to do, with articles by eight independent networks (Arablog, Babelmed, Frame, Inkyfada, MadaMasr, Mashallah News, Radio M, Enab Baladi) who address a surprising mosaic of issues such as: work, with articles on self-management in Turkey and Tunisia, professional practices through the portraits of two women with “male jobs”, an Algerian butcher and a Sardinian miner; the subculture of male violence through four reports on femicide in Italy, divorce in Tunisia, harassment of women journalists in Egyptian media, women's battles in Raqqa; and finally stories of men involved in the fight against violence by using creativity. EBTICAR

The fight of the workers of Mamotex: from self-management to despair
Monia Ben Hamadi, Haïfa Mzalouat and Erige Sehiri   

The fight of the workers of Mamotex: from self-management to despair | babelmed | mediterranean cultureWithin the context of the declining textile industry and rising unemployment, the fate of 67 women workers of Mamotex in Chebba, a factory specialized in confection for European brands, seemed sealed. After twenty years of business, the company owner decided to close its doors, threatening the jobs of its employees who were left without payment since the beginning of the year. Inkyfada

I, the butcher of Algiers
Nejma Rondeleux   

I, the butcher of Algiers | babelmed | mediterranean cultureBent Meziane (the daughter of Meziane), as she wants to be called, is a butcher since 1987. In her neat shop at the outskirts of Algiers, she recounts her story and her vision as a woman butcher, while attending two customers. Radio M

Femicide: Italian style murders
Nathalie Galesne   

Femicide: Italian style murders | babelmed | mediterranean cultureCongratulations. In Italy, every three days a woman is killed by a man who says he loves her.  A report on a tragic reality that is not exclusive to Mediterranean culture. Babelmed

Why do the Tunisian women divorce more and more often?
Rafika Bendermel   

Why do the Tunisian women divorce more and more often? | babelmed | mediterranean cultureWhile the number of divorces requested by wives in Tunisia grows steadily, the story of Meriem, a young obese woman pushed to marry a man she met on Facebook and from whom later divorced with difficulties, illuminates the difficult path of Tunisian women, caught between apparently very “advanced” laws and a society still deeply entrenched in a patriarchal culture. Tunisie Bondy Blog

Be a Man
Sami Halabi   

Be a Man | babelmed | mediterranean cultureLebanese journalist Sami Halabi traces the construction of his gender identity. Growing up as a boy in Lebanon means being socialized into a hyper-masculine gender model, that nurtures vertical male power structures and blocks social change. Becoming aware of this hidden mechanism is the first step to attempt alternative behaviours and initiate change. As many young men are starting to do, thanks also to the wealth of information provided through the web. Frame

An interloper in both bathrooms
Raphaël Khouri   

An interloper in both bathrooms  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIt is impossible to talk about gender these days without using specific terminology designed to liberate those of us that have been marginalised by a normative binary gender regime. As much as I benefit from the space of liberation that has been created, this new language is itself a kind of new regime under whose nouns all narratives rally for legitimacy, and inevitably succumb to its tropes. Mashallah News

Boss-free textile factory challenging norms in Turkey
Paul Benjamin Osterlund   

Boss-free textile factory challenging norms in Turkey | babelmed | mediterranean cultureA boss-free textile collective rose from the ashes of a failed company where workers were not paid for months. Following years of struggles with former bosses and co-workers, Özgür Kazova strives to create a new and equitable labor model, where the work of women and men is valued equally. Mashallah News

The last female miner of Sulcis
Federica Araco   

The last female miner of Sulcis | babelmed | mediterranean cultureInverting the perspective, Dal Profondo (From the depths) presents some sort of an other way around narration of the myth of Paltonic cave. With slow, dark framings, rarefied and essential dialogues director Valentina Pedicini depicts the “underworld” with such symbolic and emotional density that makes the reality on the surface appear uninteresting, artificial and superfluous. Babelmed

Untold stories of sexual harassment in Egypt's newsrooms
Mai Shams El-Din   

Untold stories of sexual harassment in Egypt's newsrooms | babelmed | mediterranean cultureYasmine,* an intern at a major Egyptian newspaper went to submit some photos in the photography department, only to find a technician watching a pornographic movie with one of the office assistants. She threw the memory card and ran away. Mada Masr

Raqqa Women Fighting ISIS Laws
Enab Baladi   

Raqqa Women Fighting ISIS Laws | babelmed | mediterranean culture“It is only an outer cover that should not deceive us, Raqqa is still fine and its women have not changed.” Those were the words of young Anood, who works as a hair-dresser in her city, seeking a livelihood in a place clouded with darkness. Enab Baladi

A woman's memories from a minefield
Nabil Dowaikat   

A woman's memories from a minefield | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe film of the memories flash before my eyes on the road to Kasserine, where the editors sent me to shoot an investigation into the terrible attack that took place there. While the driver hurtles fast to get us there as soon as possible, I and my colleagues speak of the function that each of us will have on site. Arablog

We, Europeans, in the era of Trump and Putin
Gianluca Solera   

We, Europeans, in the era of Trump and Putin | babelmed | mediterranean cultureDespite the fact that Donald Trump, addressing his supporters in New York right after having received the news that he would be the new president, said: “It is time for us to come together as one united people. It is time”, many voiced out their hostility marching a few hours later in the streets of America against him.


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