Many women were on the frontlines of the Arab Spring, joining in the movement’s demonstrations and occupations. Women’s rights advocates from the Arab world are now in Berlin for a week-long informational visit hosted by the Federal Foreign Office. The programme includes conversations with contact people – many of them women – from the civil society, academic, political and media spheres.
Eleven female activists from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, the Palestinian territories and Syria are currently taking part in a packed programme of informational and discussion events in Berlin. The programme ranges from political issues such as women’s rights lobby work and the role of women in the German Bundestag to conversations with female journalists, events on the development of women’s rights in Germany, and a visit to a local women’s shelter.
Conversations at the Federal Foreign Office
The women’s rights advocates also visited the Federal Foreign Office, which initiated and funded the visit. A podium discussion on the topic of women in the Middle East striking a balance between tradition and transformation took place on Tuesday. On Thursday the women discussed the Arab Spring and the roles of women in the Middle East with Special Representative for Dialogue among Civilizations Heinrich Kreft.