It was on the eve of the major United Nations climate change Summit in Paris where the extraordinary talent of Naziha Mestaoui, the Tunisian-Belgium artist who has died aged 45 years-old, was first glimpsed by millions of viewers around the globe.
A woman's memories from a minefield
The 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
An interloper in both bathrooms
It 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
Why do the Tunisian women divorce more and more often?
While 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
Lebanese 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
Boss-free textile factory challenging norms in Turkey
A 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 fight of the workers of Mamotex: from self-management to despair
Within 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
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