“Role of Youth in Gender Advocacy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)”
Beirut, 9 April, 2019
On April 9th Equality Now organized 40 women’s rights activists from the MENA region in Beirut, Lebanon. The purpose of the youth session was to explore ways of engaging young activists, female and male, in the struggle for gender equality by understanding how to appeal to them demographically, by discussing ways of engaging them, and by extending social media reach to them. This session laid the foundation for future work by Equality Now in the MENA, whereby youth activists are actively sought out and effectively engaged to promote gender equality in the region.
The following speakers participated in the session:
Jourchi, Dhouha- Tunisia, is one of the young leader activists in Tunisia. She is currently the executive director of ADO+, a national civil society organization that aims to develop the civic and cultural skills of adolescents.
Alshyab, Esraa- Jordan, is the Civil Society Team’s Training and Project Design Specialist at “WANA” Institute, The West Asia-North Africa. Previously, she worked on Women's Democratic Empowerment for Al Hayat Center for Civil Society Development. She also worked as a journalist for various news outlets.
Keedi, Anthony- Lebanon, is a Psychologist and Gender specialist at “Abaad”, Resource Center for Gender Equality in Beirut, Lebanon. Anthony runs the “Masculinities and Engaging Men in Gender Equality”. He has also worked in conflict resolution, and with Iraqi and Syrian refugees on raising awareness of gender-based violence.
Khalifa, Asma- Libya, is awomen's rights and peace activist. She received Luxembourg Peace Prize in 2016 and was named one of the 100 most influential young Africans of 2017 by the Africa Youth Awards. Asma is also the co-founder of “Tamazight Women Movement”, a think/do tank that is working on gender equality and research on the indigenous women of Libya and North Africa. She previously worked as a research consultant at The Stabilisation Network, a specialised C-VE consultancy, researching online gendered communication patterns in MENA, with focus on Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon. Currently, Asma is pursuing her doctorate degree at GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies. Unfortunately, she will not be able to attend due to political tensions between Libya and Lebanon. We are planning on inviting her to attend a subsequent Equality Now meeting in Tunisia later this year.