Exposition : “The Uprising of Women in the Arab World”, Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, Berlin, 15h, 15/11/2013
Feminist Debates from the Virtual to the Real World
* Photography Exhibition and Vernissage *
A traveling collection of photographs, already exhibited in Munich, Tutzing and Freiburg, is coming to Berlin. Titled “The Uprising of Women in the Arab World”, the exhibition documents a movement by the same name that was launched by four young Arab women in October 2011 on Facebook. The page’s popularity grew quickly, spurring a broad spectrum of discussions in the Arab world and reviving the women’s rights movement in the Middle East. In the photos, young women and men hold up original and personal messages pertaining themes such as harassment, abuse, repression, independence and empowerment. These visual accounts of activists all the way from Yemen to Morocco hold a mirror up to the societal and political transformations taking place, indicating the role women might play in a “new” Arab world.
At the opening of this exhibition, we will discuss the potential of feminist campaigns that begin online and evolve, entering the non-digital world. We are pleased to introduce the following members of our panel:
Sally Zohney (Cairo): Co-founder of the initiative “The Uprising of Women in the Arab World”, women’s rights activist at UN-Women, Egypt
Anne Wizorek (Berlin): Digital media consultant, initiator of the Twitter campaign #aufschrei (#outcry) that gave a decisive push to the debate over sexism in Germany
Anna Antonakis-Nashif (Berlin): Political scientist and PhD candidate at the Freie Universität Berlin. As part of her thesis, she has investigated the topic of the transformation of public space in Tunisia and the emancipatory potential of social media for new feminist actors.
Moderator: May Huber, Co-president of the board of Mayadin al-Tahrir e.V., an NGO for education and sustainable development in Egypt.
Shadia Abu Hamdan (vocals), Rafah Azzouka (vocals), Marcel de la Chevallerie (piano)
From 9pm onwards, refreshments and space will be provided for conversation and viewing of the exhibition.
(The discussion will be held in english)
Exhibition from the 15th of November to the 15th of December
In cooperation with:
Mayadin al-Tahrir e.V.
Stiftung Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte e.V.
Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, Greifswalder Str. 4, 10405 Berlin.
Please find further information at: https://www.facebook.com/intifadat.almar2a