On the Sunday 25th 2016 a seminar has been held at Flemish institute in Cairo, it was titled as : Discrimination on the basis of sex and violence against women “and the role of educational entertainment (Edutainment) in the fairness of Arab women.”
Under the auspices of” b100 ragl” one of womanity foundation projects, womanity gives a great interest to women issues and the equality between men and women and the cooperation with their partners Love matters platform which considered the first web site for sexual awareness and education in middle east
Love matters platform and “b100 ragl” invited the audience to watch some episodes of b100 ragel series , b100 ragel is animation series discusses the most prominent women’s issues on the Arab world nowadays , womanity foundation has produced it , the screening followed by seminar attended by speakers from varies background ; Amlfahmy from Tadween , yasminmadkour writer and activist, Dalia abdelhamid from Egyptian Initiative form personal rights and Asmaa Ajdera from womanity , the discussion has been moderated by one of love matters team as representative to AbirSarras site coordinator .
The seminar was vivid and full of interaction between speakers and attendees. Asmaa Ajdera focused on attendees opinions and was interested to know their feedback about b100 ragel project, specially most repeated notes , after tackling attendees opinions ,spokeswomen started to give their feedback ; Dalia Abd elhamid from Egyptian initiative form of personal rights that, The series addresses the age group do not exceed fourteen years old , while Aml fahmy from Tadween has a comment about the harassment episode that “it’s the most realistic one from the episode she has watched in seminar” .
There were many comments from attendees that, varied between the series is really tackling very important issues ,however it needs to be more realistic especially in some critical issues like; underage marriage which has been discussed in one of b100 ragel episode, moreover some of attendance commented that, there is effective role models in society has been challenged their difficult circumstances ,these women need more support and to highlight their efforts, this led to discuss the importance role of the state and law enforcement to protect women , Dalia Abdel Hamid added that” women are not nationals of their religions, but they have to be treated on the basis of citizenship and therefore should be enacted special laws to protect them.”
It’s worth to be mentioned, that the most important attributes of discussion was positivity and the desire to find solutions, moreover the absolute openness between the attendees audience and the spokeswomen .
At the End of Seminar Asmaa Ajdera from womanity and love matters team thanked the Audience for their attending and helpful feedback ,then the seminar followed by small party organized by Flemish institute and everyone affirmed it was useful seminar
As womanity foundation gives a massive interest in knowing the feedback of their audience about the last season of “Be100 Ragel” project they held a series of seminars in Cairo and Alexandria .
Under the title “Edutainment as tool to fight violence against women”, AsmaaAjdera ,the project manager for “Be100Ragel”, ran the seminar at Alexandria with the collaboration of “Agora – Bab Elbahr”. The event was held at “Alf” Book store in Alexandria. The speakers of the event were: Hebabasiony, writer and feminist novelist, Mohamed abdelgany online radio announcer, ahmedfathy researcher and one of the Alex book club founders who are highly engaged in both women issues and culture scene in Alexandria.
The seminar started with introducing the speakers, then screening of “Be100 Ragel” series followed by introductory speech about the project by Ajdera and the main purpose of production. The reason of this seminar was to inform the audience about the project to know their feedback and the most topics that concerns them to be discussed in the upcoming season.
After the screening of “working woman” episode screening the interactive discussion reached a high point about the role of men in house work. “The woman work outside like man and she come exhausted as him, so why they didn’t share the work inside?”, said basiony. While Ahmed fathy added that the problem of Arab men is that they think that doing the house work is a plus effort not as an obligation. Attendees’ opinions varied but many of them agreed that the way men are raised up in our society is the main reason of the problem.
The great interaction happenedafter the episode of harassment, especially with the presence of Syrian young men in the seminar. They affirmed their shock from the harassment rate in the Egyptian society, they told some stories of real situation they have witnessed. In addition Ahmed fathy mentioned that the media couldn’t made the right treatment to harassment case; either by focusing on negativities as they promoting to this phenomena or by the elective way with the case by useless discussions never lead to a practical solution. Mohamed abdelgany also added that when he tried to discuss the harassment phenomena in his program he totally shocked from the stories girls shared with him, because he discovered how enormous and deep the problem is. These stories reassured to him that what takes place in Egyptian streets is only the head of a mountain of untold stories as there are stories of girls have been harassed in their child hood from relatives. Mohamed decided to cancel his radio episode after hearing the stories because he recognized that we need to start from the roots of these problem how we raise children
The seminar ended by asking the audience about their feedback and what they like to watch in the upcoming episodes in the new season from “Be100Ragel”. Most of female attendees affirmed they would like to see solutions to the problem was discussed or to be discussed in upcoming season. On the contrary Fathiy said he prefers not, as he said watching a coherent story about the issue will give the imagination the chance to find better solutions
Most suggestions has been forwarded up by girls who said they want some issues to be discussed like; girls travelling abroad and how society treat divorced women. Hebabasiony suggested discussing the role of upbringing and education as women are the ones who upraise men. so, if we give more effort to rise girls awareness and empower them, they will up bring men with awareness about equality and respecting women.
(Geneva, 28 June 2016 – Womanity Foundation)
Building on the popularity of the “B 100 Ragl I” radio series of 2015 — a soap-opera chronicling the adventures of Noha, an intrepid radio journalist fighting for social justice — the Womanity Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a new, engaging and innovative animated cartoon series “B 100 Ragl II.”
The captivating Arabic series highlights the challenges and issues women in the Arab World face while showcasing their central roles in society. The series was developed for the Womanity Foundation by Lapis Communications, and will be broadcast on July 3rd, 2016 on Shahid.Net, the largest free video-on-demand service in the Middle East and North Africa. Shahid.Net has one of the largest online viewer bases in the Middle East, with an average of 13.3 million monthly visitors. The series will similarly air on Kharabeesh, the most popular Arabic network on YouTube, which boasts more than 700,000 subscribers from the 22 countries of the Arab World from August 2016.
“Be 100 Ragl II” was developed based on the issues that affect women in the larger Arab World, and aims to seed meaningful dialogue and debate around these topics while challenging audiences to both think and act.
The series follows its principal character from season one, Noha, voiced by the actress and producer Saba Mubarak, as she moves to Dubai to pursue her career as a radio journalist and presenter. In Dubai, Noha, along with her colleagues, produce and present a radio program that chronicles the real stories of Arab women, while proposing creative ways to further empower them. Along with Saba Mubarak, Womanity worked with YouTube sensation Alaa Wardi to develop a theme song and music video as a regional anthem for women’s empowerment.
The plot for the series was crowd-sourced from the real-life experiences of Be 100 Ragl’s Facebook fans. In ten short episodes, new perspectives are offered on a wide range of social issues, including women’s social, educational and economic empowerment, domestic violence and sexual harassment, early marriage, and political participation. The series will be hosted on Shahid.Net, and can be followed on the “B 100 Ragl” Facebook Page, and the dedicated b100ragl.com website.
In addition to online conversations, the Womanity Foundation is partnering with a range of grassroots organizations to host a “B 100 Ragl Tour.” The tour will be centered on a series of events across the Middle East and North Africa held throughout 2016. Through a mix of online and community-based debate, Womanity is looking to challenge audiences to develop creative solutions to the issues that plague their societies.
“Our ambition is to open up a space for debate on some of the problems faced by women, and at the same time, to focus on their abilities to find solutions and make valuable contributions to their communities,” Antonella Notari Vischer, Executive Director of the Womanity Foundation declared. “Fiction is an engaging, non-confrontational way to set the scene for constructive conversations, even on the most serious issues. . We hope that ‘Be 100 Ragl II’ can help enlighten men and women on how to build a more just and equal society together.”
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Womanity is a private philanthropic Foundation established in 2005 in Switzerland and also registered in, the United Kingdom and the USA. It works around the world to empower girls and women to shape their future and accelerate progress in their communities. In 2009, Womanity in collaboration with the NISAA Broadcasting Company established NISAA FM, the first commercial radio station in the Middle East for and by women, and recently set up Nisaa Network a groundbreaking multi-media platform promoting content around women’s role in society.
« B 100 Ragl Tour » aims at mobilizing grassroots communities in the MENA region who are active in the innovative and tech sectors, to debate on women’s empowerment and rights in society, and co-create solutions together with feminists and traditional women associations.
The tour aims at exploring « how to leverage new media and innovation to contribute to gender balance in Middle East and North Africa ».
The combination of online medias and community-based debates aims to inform, educate, alert and mobilise audiences in MENA countries that are not used to participate to women or gender’s events, but who have already a strong impact through their daily work and life.
We are planning to organize more than 20 screenings and debates in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, KSA, UAE, Qatar, etc.
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