Posts tagged ‘egypt’

Egyptian grandmother turns eco-friendly online healthy-food entrepreneur #hwhtw

So many things to like about this story: great news for Egypt’s economy, human health, the environment, and women’s entrepreneurship!

Dried produce seller utilizes solar technology to create a healthy snacking alternative

Megan Detrie
Tue, 21/08/2012 – 11:11
Menar Meebed’s company, Minnie’s Dried Fruits and Vegetables, arose out of little more than an attempt to find healthy snacks for her grandchildren.

“My grandchildren used to eat a lot of junk, and I’m not a junk food person, so I wanted to offer them something nutritious, and dried fruits in Egypt is limited to the typical variety of Ramadan food, so I started to dry apples and bananas at home,” Meebed said.

What began as snack time in Meebed’s kitchen has grown to become a thriving business utilizing solar drying technology and local produce, and empowering women in rural areas of Egypt.

Read the full article: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/dried-produce-seller-utilizes-solar-technology-create-healthy-snacking-alternative

August 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm 1 comment

News: “Egypt’s Mursi to Appoint Deputies Including Woman, Christian” via @BloombergNews #hwhtw #Egypt

A hopeful step forward for Egypt…

Egypt’s Mursi To Name Deputies Including Woman, Christian

By Tarek El-Tablawy – Jun 27, 2012 11:18 AM ET

Egypt’s Islamist president-elect plans to name a woman and a Christian among his deputies, as he seeks to form an administration to heal the rifts that polarized the country after last year’s revolt.

Mohamed Mursi, who won a presidential runoff vote on June 24, will appoint as many as five vice presidents “including a Copt, a woman and a member of the youth” activists, his spokesman, Yasser Ali, said by phone today.

Read the full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-27/egypt-s-mursi-to-name-deputies-including-woman-christian.html

June 27, 2012 at 11:45 am Leave a comment

HWHTW at TEDxSummit

Dalia Mogahed reminds us that “30 percent of those who braved the tanks in the Arab Spring were women.”

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April 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm 1 comment

Esraa Abdel Fattah, “Facebook Girl”: The World-Changer @glamourmag #hwhtw

Esraa Abdel Fattah, better known as the Tahrir Square “Facebook Girl”, has been named one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year.

“In January 25, a young Egyptian woman known as Facebook Girl tucked her hair under a head scarf, pocketed her cell phone and met up with 20 other young people to march toward the center of Cairo. Soon hundreds, then thousands of others joined them, until 10,000-strong, they surged into Tahrir Square to make history.

“Over the next 18 days, Esraa Abdel Fattah live-updated on Facebook and tweeted her experiences in the Square—and the world followed along. ‘We feared being arrested or killed,’ recalls Abdel Fattah, 33, a project manager for an Egyptian youth organization, ‘but we were achieving the dream of justice and democracy.'”

Read more: http://www.glamour.com/women-of-the-year/2011/esraa-abdel-fattah

November 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

“Staying Connected: Egyptian Women Use Social Media to Combat Gender Inequality, Violence” @humanrights1st #hwtw

This blog post from Human Rights First describes how women in Egypt are taking control of their futures by harnessing social media such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and mobile apps.

Staying Connected: Egyptian Women Use Social Media to Combat Gender Inequality, Violence

8-17-2011

By Alison Searle
Administrative Assistant for Advocacy

 
A new generation of Egyptian women is speaking up to address long-standing gender and equality issues. Since the fall of President Mubarak, sexual harassment cases have become more public as women’s political participation becomes increasingly widespread. Campaigners stress the need for Egyptian women to unite as they face some of the worst treatment in the world…  According to the World Economic Reform’s Global Gender Gap Index, Egypt has ranked in the bottom 10 for the past 5 years…
 
In an effort to combat the rise in gender inequality and violence, women are using social media—a regional catalyst in the fight for democracy—as an advocacy and awareness tool. HarassMap is a website that allows women to report sexual harassment via email, text or Twitter to track where assaults are taking place throughout the country. Facebook and other media websites continue to promote dialogue about women’s issues with on-the-ground updates. The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights produces blogs in English and Arabic in an attempt to bridge the movement’s generation gap and appeal to a more international constituency.

Read the full article: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/2011/08/17/staying-connected-egyptian-women-use-social-media-to-combat-gender-iequality-violence/

August 19, 2011 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

Ambassador Verveer: “How can we help our Egyptian sisters now?”

This week, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer visited Egypt to meet and talk with Egyptian women:

“I have been here for the last several days to listen, to really understand how things are moving forward and hopefully to be able to use my voice to echo what the women here have been telling me. I have had the privilege over the last several days to meet with civil society leaders, to meet with many of those active participants on Tahrir Square, both the young and those who’ve been pioneers for women’s progress, often struggling very hard to achieve some of the laws that have been achieved. I have met with dynamic women who are running small and medium-sized businesses, because it’s clear women have to be a part of economic solutions; they have to be participants in the economic growth of this country. What is going to be done to ensure that they can overcome barriers so that their potential to grow GDP can be unleashed?”

Read more: http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2011/161458.htm

April 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

U.S. Women Senators Call for Women’s Rights in North Africa and the Middle East

“Following weeks of tumult and protests in North Africa and the Middle East, Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) is leading her 16 female Senate colleagues in emphasizing the vital importance of women’s rights and political participation as leaders in North Africa and the Middle East consider constitutional reforms and shape new governments.  In a resolution introduced [March 28th] the 17 Senators are reaffirming their commitment to representative and responsive democratic governments that respect women’s rights and are calling on leaders in North Africa and the Middle East to include women when it comes to making decisions that will affect their lives.”

Read more: http://snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ContentRecord_id=af20bf36-dccd-4237-8ce2-840bdc1957a2

April 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

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