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Radio Nisaa
(Palestinian Territories)

Impactful, dynamic radio programming to empower, inform, and inspire women and men.

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The project

“Radio Nisaa is all about inspiration and empowerment. Inspiration is very important in our society. Over the airwaves we can share our experience and knowledge, and support women to realize themselves.” – Maysoun Odeh Gangat, Director Radio Nisaa FM

The Challenge

Women in the Palestinian Territories face significant barriers when it comes to participating in public life. Male perspectives dominate the mainstream Palestinian media, tending to portray women as victims and reinforcing negative stereotypes. Women hold only a handful of decision-making positions in the national media industry, with few public platforms catering to their information needs or reflecting their real interests. Women are less able to voice their concerns and are less likely to become involved with shaping society.

The Approach

The Womanity Foundation, in partnership with Radio Nisaa Broadcasting Company, established Radio Nisaa FM, the first commercial women’s radio station and website in the Middle East, in late 2009. The station aims to change the stereotypical image of women in the Palestinian media. With three daily primetime programmes, it broadcasts news, interactive talk shows, music, and investigative reports on a range of current issues. Programs showcase contributions to everyday life made by Palestinian women, and connect and promote dialogue among women there and abroad.

Under the direction of Maysoun Odeh Gangat, the station is managed by women and shows are produced and presented by female media professionals. A network of local female reporters document women’s opinions and experiences across the country. Men’s opinions are also aired to engage them in discussions about women’s rights.

Through its social media presence, call-in opportunities, and vox pops, Radio Nisaa encourages women to contribute to the station’s content, become producers themselves, and to have a greater voice.

The Impact

  • Radio Nisaa is growing at a fast pace, reaching hundreds and thousands of women. It accounts for 15% of the radio listening public in the Palestinian Territories. In 2013 the estimated audience’s share was 9% and in 2010, 2%.¹ 
  •  Corporate sponsors consider Radio Nisaa among their top 5 choices for radio advertising in the West Bank.
  •  Radio Nisaa has built a substantial social media presence with over 47,000 followers on Facebook.
  •  Through grants from partners such as the UNESCO International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), Radio Nisaa trained women reporters from remote areas in media skills.
  • Ashoka, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and the Synergos Arab Social Innovators awarded station director, Maysoun Odeh Gangat, their prestigious fellowships. These represent a unique opportunity to undertake training, benefit from peer mentoring, and access a range of professional networks to benefit Radio Nisaa.

Nisaa Network

Starting from mid-2015, Womanity, with the advice of Radio Nisaa, aims to expand its audience outreach beyond Palestine by creating an online multi-media platform and virtual hub and by capacitating at least 10 like-minded media outlets in the Arab region by 2018 to adopt Nisaa’s model and cooperate in program production.

Radio Nisaa FM Valued Partners

Synergos, Ashoka, Schwab Foundation, Ministry of Women Affairs, the Palestinian Business Women Forum and many other sponsors and local and international organisations.

To fund this work visit our Donate page or contact Ryna Sherazi at ryna@womanity.org.

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(1) The estimation of Radio Nisaa’s audience share is based on data provided by external surveys. In 2010, the survey was conducted by Near East Consulting and in 2014 and 2015, by Arab World for Research & Development (AWRAD).

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(Palestine)

The First Multimedia Platform for Arab Women in the World

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The Challenge

In 1995, the Beijing Conference on the Status of Women identified Media as strategic allies to push forward the agenda of gender equality.

Social studies show that media (fictional and non fictional programs) contribute to shape the individual vision and perception of the world and of social roles and norms. Therefore, they have a direct impact on shaping gender roles and power relationships in society; on selecting issues to be discussed in the public arena; and on identifying the voices and the opinions to be heard.

In other words, if women do not have a voice in media, they are more likely to be silent or be silenced in the society as well.

For these reasons, the Conference set the following strategic objectives: to increase the participation and access of women to expression and decision-making in and through the media (including in new technologies) and to promote a balanced and non-stereotyped portrayal of women in the media.

After 20 years, although progresses have been made, these objectives are far to be achieved.

Research shows that women make up only 27% of top management jobs in media (1); only 24% of persons in the news are women; and just 4% of news stories challenge gender stereotypes (2).

In Arabic-speaking countries, women experience similar challenges and problems. Many of them are more likely to be limited to domestic environments than men and media are often their only window to the public sphere.

This gives to media the incredible opportunity to be the game changer in the narrative of the reality and in the portrayal of the role of women in society.

 

The Approach

After the successful example of Radio Nisaa in the Palestinian Territories, Womanity, in partnership with the radio station, has embraced the strategic objectives of the Beijing Conference and has set to encourage a culture of equal opportunities and equal voice in media for women and men that could gradually expand in the whole Arabic speaking world.

The project, Nisaa Network, intends to revolutionize the media industry and nurtures networks of partners across the region that can join forces and carry forward the objectives of the program.

Nisaa Network operates at different levels:

– Setting the example

Nisaa Network is a regional interactive multimedia platform in Arabic and English featuring empowering and gender-inclusive media contents, productions and publications. In the production of its content, Nisaa Network engages media organizations; women’s and civil society organizations; researchers and research centers; sector leaders; opinion-makers; influencers and individuals.

– Fostering a culture of cooperation among media outlets

Nisaa Network will build a professional community of like-minded media outlets (at least 10-12 over the period 2016-2019) with whom to co-produce and syndicate media contents, as well as foster egalitarian, empowering professional policies and practices, e.g. including professional code, gender lens approach, inclusive and empowering content production, team building and talent development, hybrid funding models, etc.

– Influencing a culture of gender equality in the media industry

Nisaa Network and its partners will host conferences, workshops and events to raise awareness on gender equality in media among practitioners and media operators and share with them the experience of the network as well as tools, policies and practices developed within it.

 

The Impact

By 2016-2019, Nisaa Network creates an informative and interactive multimedia platform and a virtual hub with an audience reach of min. 1 million.

By 2019, Nisaa Network coordinates a network of min. 10-12 like-minded media outlets who produce at least one program in cooperation every year and adopt policies and procedures, jointly developed, on gender equality in media (both in the management structure and in the content production).

Nisaa Network organizes one annual regional conference on the role of women in media (and in the society) addressing the media industry in the region with the objective to influence a culture of equal opportunities, equal voices and fair representation for women and men in media.

 

Valued Partners

Radio Nisaa (www.radionisaa.ps)

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(1) Global Report on the Status of Women in the News Media, 2010

(2)Global Media Monitoring Project, 2015

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The Goodwall-SISD-Womanity Scholarships
(Middle East and North Africa)

A competition to find outstanding female students across the Middle East and North Africa

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The project

“ The competition being held by Goodwall, the Swiss International School of Dubai (SISD) and The Womanity Foundation is a celebration of the excellence achieved by young females around the Middle East and Africa” said Goodwall, co-founder Taha Bawa. “We believe that talent can be found throughout the world, and we want to make sure that these talented young women are getting the education they need and deserve.”

The challenge 

Across the region, women’s employment is around half of that of men’s. We are trying to change that by supporting girls and women’s access to quality education and vocational training. This includes promoting avenues that give women a voice in society, politics and governance institutions.

Freedom House, among others, reported that women in the Middle East and North Africa are often in dependent positions within the family and subjected to conservative societal norms and that “women in the region are significantly underrepresented in senior positions in politics and the private sector, and in some countries, they are completely absent from the judiciary.” Despite challenges, there are many women paving the way for change by fighting for their right, reclaiming an equal role in society and proposing inspiring projects.

The approach

Between 2017 and 2019 Goodwall, the Swiss International School of Dubai (SISD), and Womanity will offer two different Scholarships to female students in the Middle East and Northern Africa who have had a positive and lasting impact in their communities or have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills. We’re looking for role-models who are capable of inspiring others to have a positive impact on their own communities.

In particular, in 2017, the three organizations will award 10 iPads for meriting high school girls and between 2017-2018, they will offer a prize of USD 5,000 to cover the tuition of a university of choice of a young female student. The monetary prize is generously offered by Goodwall.

Starting in September 2018- with the selection process beginning this summer 2017- Goodwall – SISD – Womanity Scholarship will offer a two year full-tuition at the Swiss International Scientific School of Dubai (SISD) for a young female leader in the MENA region. She will be ready to join Grade 11 in September 2018. The two-year scholarship is generously offered by SISD while Womanity and Goodwall commit to secure her a scholarship to join University and continue in higher education afterwards.

“Boarding at SISD allows our school to offer an outstanding international educational to young students from all over the Middle East and further afield.  With the help of the Womanity/Goodwall Foundation, the search for an eager and deserving young mind to join our community enables us to have a positive and meaningful impact on the world around us and particularly for the individual and their family” said SISD Founder Omar Danial

To participate to the call, interested candidates have to create a profile on Goodwall. More details can be found here: https://goodwall.app.link/womanity

 

Valued partners

Goodwall is a positive, inspirational community for young people to connect and get recognition for their talents and achievements. Committed to celebrating student success and rewarding students for outstanding leadership, community service, innovation and top achievements, Goodwall has a fast-growing community of approximately 1M students from 150+ countries and works with top universities around the world.

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) is a leading international day and boarding school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic lifelong learners, ready to embrace the opportunities and challenges of a global world.  SISD provides an inspiring, inclusive and challenging learning environment while celebrating academic excellence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 The Challenge

According to the UN, violence against women (VAW) includes “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion, or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private.” The UN estimates that 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence, and about 120 million girls have been forced into sexual acts at some point in their lives. Furthermore, recent research finds that 76% of women under 30 have reported abuse or harassment online.

This widespread violation of human rights means that women and girls can be afraid to participate fully in their communities, which has significant human and economic costs for society. In the UK for instance the cost of gender violence against women reaches almost 28.5 billion euros (US $ 31.8 billion).

The Approach

The Womanity Award for the Prevention of Violence Against Women was developed in 2013, on the basis of a study and program designed for the Foundation, by Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP). The Award was first presented to winners in 2014. The international award supports collaboration between individuals or groups seeking to combat gender-based violence, and aims to break down barriers that such organizations face. This enables ground-breaking projects that are successful in one location, to be expanded, and reproduced elsewhere, to reach and help many more women.

Given every two years, the Womanity Award is presented to two recipients who work in partnership, with the Foundation’s financial and technical support. The Foundation fosters connections to professional services, supports learning visits and in depth work around monitoring and evaluation, and provides any relevant expertise and resources necessary for the replication and scaling up of the innovation.

The Award helps an Innovation Partner that has developed an already successful approach to the problem of VAW to increase their reach; whilst their designated Scale-Up Partner will receive support to adapt and deliver that project in their own location. The partnership lasts for three years.

The project aims to demonstrate the success of a new philanthropic model that builds upon scattered capacities and combines them to achieve lasting, large-scale change.

The Womanity Award, launched in 2013, is co-funded by the Trafigura Foundation.

To fund this work visit our Donate page.

The Impact (2014)

  • The first recipients of the first Womanity Award were Promundo (based in Brazil and the US) and Abaad (based in Lebanon) in 2014.
  • Promundo, the Womanity Award Innovation Partner, has pioneered Program H, aiming to address the roots of violence by positively transforming gender norms. Men’s involvement as gender-equitable caregivers is promoted, and harmful gender stereotypes in schools and workplaces are deconstructed.
  • Positive outcomes of Program H include improved sexual and reproductive health, a reduction in sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS, as well as a reduction in gender-based violence. Young people have become engaged as agents of change.
  • Abaad, the Womanity Award Scale-Up Partner, is dedicated to the advancement, participation and empowerment of women in Lebanon and in the Middle East and North Africa, and through this aim to increase social and economic development. The award supports Promundo and Abaad to adapt Program H for delivery in this region.
  • The campaign has been endorsed by the Lebanese President and stimulated national debates on the subject of gender-based violence in Lebanon, encouraging women and men to refer cases to Abaad.

Web Report Womanity Award 1 2015-2016

The Impact (2016)

  • The second recipients of the Womanity Award are the Association For Progressive Communications (APC) (a global network with an HQ based in South Africa) and La Sandía Digital and their project partner Luchadoras (both based in Mexico).
  • APC, the Womanity Award Innovation Partner, has set up the Take Back the Tech! campaign, in Mexico, with a view to counter and build awareness of the problem of online and other tech-related violence against women.
  • Since its inception in 2006, APC  has supported local Take Back the Tech! campaigns in over 35 countries.
  • Through pressure from the Safety and Free Speech Coalition, which TBTT! serves on, Facebook and Twitter have changed some of their policies to offer more protection for women’s freedom of speech and freedom from violence.
 As part of a coalition of organisations, TBTT! Also managed to get Facebook to relax its stance on people using their real names on the site. The policy was seen as a major issue for women with new identities escaping abusive situations.
  • La Sandía Digital/Luchadoras, the Womanity Award Scale-Up Partners, are two multidisciplinary feminist collectives of women media producers based in Mexico City, dedicated to the promotion of women’s rights and social justice: Luchadoras via its online show and La Sandía Digital through participatory video documentaries.
  • Luchadoras has produced 160 shows with more than 250 women from Mexico, Colombia, Egypt, Guatemala, Iran, Nicaragua and Palestine. The weekly show now boasts over 500,000 viewers per month.

Womanity Award 2nd Edition Update 2015-2016

Since may 2016, Luchadoras, the scale up partner has now successfully formed “Siemprevivas”, a collective of 6 activist organizations that will roll out the campaign in Mexico.

The collective is getting from strength to strength as they are bridging off line and online activities.

  • The collective have been equipped with theory of change methodology,
  • They have designed their M&E framework,
  • Kick-started media producing and digital self-defense activities in various places in Mexico.
  • Other activities include physical self-defense, mapping of online violence, assistance to online violence survivors have taken place.
  • They have now set up a feminist server, enabling them to communicate safely online, in a protected private space, where they can also make collective decisions and work on their joint campaign.
  • They have produced an initial video in November contributing to the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the global Take Back the Tech! campaign
  • On policy and global campaigning level, they have taken part in AWID, but also the Internet Governance Forum, the Internet Freedom Festival, and RightsCon, adding the Mexican voice to the debate.

Deconstructing Masculinities

 

2014 Awardees

The inaugural Womanity Award in 2014 went to the US-Brazilian organization Promundo and their Lebanese partners Abaad, to replicate Promundo’s work engaging men and boys in the achievement of women and girls’ rights (called Program H). Program H has had considerable success in Brazil and dozens of countries around the world. Abaad is implementing the approach for the first time in the Middle East with the help of Promundo and the support of the Womanity Foundation.

About Promundo

Promundo is a global leader in promoting gender justice and preventing violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls.

“Program H” (“H” for homens, or men, in Portuguese, and hombres in Spanish) is a methodology developed by Promundo and partners to start conversations with young men and their communities about norms related to manhood.

The “Program H” manual includes approximately 200 activities to carry out group work with young men (ages 15 to 24) on gender, sexuality, reproductive health, fatherhood and care giving, violence prevention, emotional health, drug use, and preventing and living with HIV and AIDS.

Through the Program H toolkit, Promundo has reduced intimate-partner violence among more than 250,000 young men and women across 40 countries, by combining group education with youth-led activism to achieve equality and reduce violence. Public school systems in Brazil, India, Croatia, Chile, Nicaragua, and elsewhere have officially adopted the approach as a part of their school curriculum.

This replication work is a first of its kind in the MENA region.

About Abaad

Abaad is a Lebanese based NGO promoting sustainable social and economic development in the MENA region through equality, protection and empowerment of marginalized groups, especially women.

Abaad leads various projects simultaneously, related to women and girls’ empowerment and the transformation of masculinities (some of which, outside Program H, are also developed in partnership with Promundo).

“Undergoing this work at a point in these young men’s lives where they are still formulating their identities and understanding how to interact with others – specifically members of the opposite sex – will prevent countless cases of gender-based violence in Lebanon,” says Anthony Keedi, Program Manager of ABAAD’s Masculinities Program.

Replication Process

  • Abaad and Promundo undertook a foundation learning visit to Serbia in October 2014, where they benefited from the expertise of past successful replications by the Young Men Initiative in the Balkans as well as Youth Action Northern Ireland.
  • Inspired by their learning meeting in the Balkans, Abaad proceeded with a first translation of the Program H manual and a thorough expert review to validate the cultural adaptation.
  • The “Program H” curriculum for Lebanon has now been translated in Arabic. Promundo has reviewed the manual following Abaad’s robust process of verification and cultural adaptation with experts in the sector, to ensure the changes are still in line with the original ethos of the manual.
  • Validation sessions have taken place in the first semester of 2016 with future trainers as well as young people in order to gather as much feedback as possible by representative stakeholders.
  • Participants are sourced from the Men Engage network in Lebanon.
  • In February 2016, a second learning visit took place with Promundo and Abaad in Rio, Brazil, where Program H originally started. Abaad are learning a lot from this cross-fertilization of projects, and are therefore able to maximize their resources. Promundo proved to be a strong mentor for the Lebanese organization. However Promundo also shares they are growing their understanding of the challenges around masculinities in the MENA region.
  • The launch of Program H Lebanon, took place on July 14th 2016 in Beirut. The Arabic version of the curriculum is called Programme RA (for “Rajol”, “man” in arabic).
  • The Training of Trainers sessions kickstarted in September 2016,  and were followed with a pilot workshop for 35 young people at the Wellspring Learning Community in Beirut.

Both organizations are now focusing on the implementation of a robust monitoring and evaluation process to measure changes experienced by stakeholders.

An internet free of violence against women

2016 Awardees

The second Womanity Award was announced in Paris at the OuiShare Fest, in May 2016. The Award went to the Take Back the Tech! (TBTT!) campaign, led by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) (South Africa) and Luchadoras/La Sandía Digital (Mexico). The collaborative campaign, which addresses the wide-spread problem of online violence against women, enables women to proactively respond to online abuse, claim virtual space and creatively influence policies and practices. The ultimate goal is to build an Internet free of violence.

The Issue

Across the world there are 200 million fewer women online than men, it means men have more chance to present their own perspective online and hold even more power over women. Women are 27 times more likely as men to be harassed online.

What online violence looks like:

TTBT! works to get more women online and trained in new technologies so they can have a louder voice. It also seeks recognition for women’s achievements in ICT and in all areas of life, and for these achievements to be fairly documented on sites like Wikipedia, for example.

The winning partner organizations will collaborate for three years to extend and replicate the TBTT! in Mexico. This Award will enable the Partners to produce internet TV programs to increase awareness of the campaignamong young women, use online and traditional media to communicate tools and strategies for dealing with tech-related VAW, and build a network of young feminist activists and media producers.

“Violence against women and girls online is increasing,” says Lulú V. Barrera, founder of Luchadoras. “We want to break down stereotypes of women as submissive, with secondary roles in society around marriage and motherhood. We want to empower women through technology.”

About APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), headquartered in South Africa, created the Take Back the Tech global campaign in 2006, with the view to reclaim online space for women and making that space safer and more representative, as well as a place for women to thrive and challenge norms that perpetuate discrimination and violence. The campaign is now present in 35 countries.

About La Sandía Digital

La Sandía Digital works with women in Latin America and helps them produce their own films documenting experiences around sexism. Such films include Living in Darkness, which highlights the case of a woman who tried desperately to divorce her husband but was criminalised for not fulfilling traditional gender roles around motherhood. La Sandía Digital has also created a very popular weekly feminist internet TV programme called Luchadoras, a subsidiary that will become fully independent at completion of the Womanity Award program..

About Luchadoras

Luchadoras, based in Mexico City, is dedicated to the promotion of women’s rights and social justice via an online feminist TV show broadcast weakly trough RompevientoTV. To replicate Take Back the Tech!, the collective will build a strong strategic network, equip women for digital self-defense, and train them to create content to respond to abuse and violence online.

Luchadoras is recognized by women’s rights movement as an important ally in amplifying their demands given limited mainstream media attention to social activism. In March 2016, the Mexico City Human Rights Commission awarded Luchadoras’ founder Lulú Barrera an honorable mention in the Hermila Galindo Prize for “innovative use of ICT to promote gender equality”.

Replication Process

In order to adapt Take Back The Tech! to the Mexican setting, with younger women’s collectives, the Partners will aim to:

  • Challenge the norms
  • Build awareness
  • Amplify collective power
  • Strengthen response

ICT for Womanity

ICT for Womanity Network

 The Award winning program will also connect with other initiatives using ICT to prevent violence against women, creating a global network of activists and practitioners and fostering peer to peer opportunities. This network aims to:

  • Increase the two Award winners’ learning opportunities;
  • Provide a safe space to exchange information and knowledge on how ICTs can prevent violence against women;
  • Collect and analyze data to assess the effectiveness of ICTs improving women’s safety;
  • Increase awareness in the mainstream media of how ICT is proven to prevent violence against women

For more information on registration, articles and achievements to date, visit the ICTforWomanity page

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 The Challenge

According to the UN, violence against women (VAW) includes “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion, or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private.” The UN estimates that 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence, and about 120 million girls have been forced into sexual acts at some point in their lives. Furthermore, recent research finds that 76% of women under 30 have reported abuse or harassment online.

This widespread violation of human rights means that women and girls can be afraid to participate fully in their communities, which has significant human and economic costs for society. In the UK for instance the cost of gender violence against women reaches almost 28.5 billion euros (US $ 31.8 billion).

The Approach

The Womanity Award for the Prevention of Violence Against Women was developed in 2013, on the basis of a study and program designed for the Foundation, by Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP). The Award was first presented to winners in 2014. The international award supports collaboration between individuals or groups seeking to combat gender-based violence, and aims to break down barriers that such organizations face. This enables ground-breaking projects that are successful in one location, to be expanded, and reproduced elsewhere, to reach and help many more women.

Given every two years, the Womanity Award is presented to two recipients who work in partnership, with the Foundation’s financial and technical support. The Foundation fosters connections to professional services, supports learning visits and in depth work around monitoring and evaluation, and provides any relevant expertise and resources necessary for the replication and scaling up of the innovation.

The Award helps an Innovation Partner that has developed an already successful approach to the problem of VAW to increase their reach; whilst their designated Scale-Up Partner will receive support to adapt and deliver that project in their own location. The partnership lasts for three years.

The project aims to demonstrate the success of a new philanthropic model that builds upon scattered capacities and combines them to achieve lasting, large-scale change.

The Womanity Award, launched in 2013, is co-funded by the Trafigura Foundation.

To fund this work visit our Donate page.

The Impact (2014)

  • The first recipients of the first Womanity Award were Promundo (based in Brazil and the US) and Abaad (based in Lebanon) in 2014.
  • Promundo, the Womanity Award Innovation Partner, has pioneered Program H, aiming to address the roots of violence by positively transforming gender norms. Men’s involvement as gender-equitable caregivers is promoted, and harmful gender stereotypes in schools and workplaces are deconstructed.
  • Positive outcomes of Program H include improved sexual and reproductive health, a reduction in sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS, as well as a reduction in gender-based violence. Young people have become engaged as agents of change.
  • Abaad, the Womanity Award Scale-Up Partner, is dedicated to the advancement, participation and empowerment of women in Lebanon and in the Middle East and North Africa, and through this aim to increase social and economic development. The award supports Promundo and Abaad to adapt Program H for delivery in this region.
  • The campaign has been endorsed by the Lebanese President and stimulated national debates on the subject of gender-based violence in Lebanon, encouraging women and men to refer cases to Abaad.

Web Report Womanity Award 1 2015-2016

The Impact (2016)

  • The second recipients of the Womanity Award are the Association For Progressive Communications (APC) (a global network with an HQ based in South Africa) and La Sandía Digital and their project partner Luchadoras (both based in Mexico).
  • APC, the Womanity Award Innovation Partner, has set up the Take Back the Tech! campaign, in Mexico, with a view to counter and build awareness of the problem of online and other tech-related violence against women.
  • Since its inception in 2006, APC  has supported local Take Back the Tech! campaigns in over 35 countries.
  • Through pressure from the Safety and Free Speech Coalition, which TBTT! serves on, Facebook and Twitter have changed some of their policies to offer more protection for women’s freedom of speech and freedom from violence.
 As part of a coalition of organisations, TBTT! Also managed to get Facebook to relax its stance on people using their real names on the site. The policy was seen as a major issue for women with new identities escaping abusive situations.
  • La Sandía Digital/Luchadoras, the Womanity Award Scale-Up Partners, are two multidisciplinary feminist collectives of women media producers based in Mexico City, dedicated to the promotion of women’s rights and social justice: Luchadoras via its online show and La Sandía Digital through participatory video documentaries.
  • Luchadoras has produced 160 shows with more than 250 women from Mexico, Colombia, Egypt, Guatemala, Iran, Nicaragua and Palestine. The weekly show now boasts over 500,000 viewers per month.

Womanity Award 2nd Edition Update 2015-2016

Since may 2016, Luchadoras, the scale up partner has now successfully formed “Siemprevivas”, a collective of 6 activist organizations that will roll out the campaign in Mexico.

The collective is getting from strength to strength as they are bridging off line and online activities.

  • The collective have been equipped with theory of change methodology,
  • They have designed their M&E framework,
  • Kick-started media producing and digital self-defense activities in various places in Mexico.
  • Other activities include physical self-defense, mapping of online violence, assistance to online violence survivors have taken place.
  • They have now set up a feminist server, enabling them to communicate safely online, in a protected private space, where they can also make collective decisions and work on their joint campaign.
  • They have produced an initial video in November contributing to the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the global Take Back the Tech! campaign
  • On policy and global campaigning level, they have taken part in AWID, but also the Internet Governance Forum, the Internet Freedom Festival, and RightsCon, adding the Mexican voice to the debate.

Deconstructing Masculinities

 

2014 Awardees

The inaugural Womanity Award in 2014 went to the US-Brazilian organization Promundo and their Lebanese partners Abaad, to replicate Promundo’s work engaging men and boys in the achievement of women and girls’ rights (called Program H). Program H has had considerable success in Brazil and dozens of countries around the world. Abaad is implementing the approach for the first time in the Middle East with the help of Promundo and the support of the Womanity Foundation.

About Promundo

Promundo is a global leader in promoting gender justice and preventing violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls.

“Program H” (“H” for homens, or men, in Portuguese, and hombres in Spanish) is a methodology developed by Promundo and partners to start conversations with young men and their communities about norms related to manhood.

The “Program H” manual includes approximately 200 activities to carry out group work with young men (ages 15 to 24) on gender, sexuality, reproductive health, fatherhood and care giving, violence prevention, emotional health, drug use, and preventing and living with HIV and AIDS.

Through the Program H toolkit, Promundo has reduced intimate-partner violence among more than 250,000 young men and women across 40 countries, by combining group education with youth-led activism to achieve equality and reduce violence. Public school systems in Brazil, India, Croatia, Chile, Nicaragua, and elsewhere have officially adopted the approach as a part of their school curriculum.

This replication work is a first of its kind in the MENA region.

About Abaad

Abaad is a Lebanese based NGO promoting sustainable social and economic development in the MENA region through equality, protection and empowerment of marginalized groups, especially women.

Abaad leads various projects simultaneously, related to women and girls’ empowerment and the transformation of masculinities (some of which, outside Program H, are also developed in partnership with Promundo).

“Undergoing this work at a point in these young men’s lives where they are still formulating their identities and understanding how to interact with others – specifically members of the opposite sex – will prevent countless cases of gender-based violence in Lebanon,” says Anthony Keedi, Program Manager of ABAAD’s Masculinities Program.

Replication Process

  • Abaad and Promundo undertook a foundation learning visit to Serbia in October 2014, where they benefited from the expertise of past successful replications by the Young Men Initiative in the Balkans as well as Youth Action Northern Ireland.
  • Inspired by their learning meeting in the Balkans, Abaad proceeded with a first translation of the Program H manual and a thorough expert review to validate the cultural adaptation.
  • The “Program H” curriculum for Lebanon has now been translated in Arabic. Promundo has reviewed the manual following Abaad’s robust process of verification and cultural adaptation with experts in the sector, to ensure the changes are still in line with the original ethos of the manual.
  • Validation sessions have taken place in the first semester of 2016 with future trainers as well as young people in order to gather as much feedback as possible by representative stakeholders.
  • Participants are sourced from the Men Engage network in Lebanon.
  • In February 2016, a second learning visit took place with Promundo and Abaad in Rio, Brazil, where Program H originally started. Abaad are learning a lot from this cross-fertilization of projects, and are therefore able to maximize their resources. Promundo proved to be a strong mentor for the Lebanese organization. However Promundo also shares they are growing their understanding of the challenges around masculinities in the MENA region.
  • The launch of Program H Lebanon, took place on July 14th 2016 in Beirut. The Arabic version of the curriculum is called Programme RA (for “Rajol”, “man” in arabic).
  • The Training of Trainers sessions kickstarted in September 2016,  and were followed with a pilot workshop for 35 young people at the Wellspring Learning Community in Beirut.

Both organizations are now focusing on the implementation of a robust monitoring and evaluation process to measure changes experienced by stakeholders.

An internet free of violence against women

2016 Awardees

The second Womanity Award was announced in Paris at the OuiShare Fest, in May 2016. The Award went to the Take Back the Tech! (TBTT!) campaign, led by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) (South Africa) and Luchadoras/La Sandía Digital (Mexico). The collaborative campaign, which addresses the wide-spread problem of online violence against women, enables women to proactively respond to online abuse, claim virtual space and creatively influence policies and practices. The ultimate goal is to build an Internet free of violence.

The Issue

Across the world there are 200 million fewer women online than men, it means men have more chance to present their own perspective online and hold even more power over women. Women are 27 times more likely as men to be harassed online.

What online violence looks like:

TTBT! works to get more women online and trained in new technologies so they can have a louder voice. It also seeks recognition for women’s achievements in ICT and in all areas of life, and for these achievements to be fairly documented on sites like Wikipedia, for example.

The winning partner organizations will collaborate for three years to extend and replicate the TBTT! in Mexico. This Award will enable the Partners to produce internet TV programs to increase awareness of the campaignamong young women, use online and traditional media to communicate tools and strategies for dealing with tech-related VAW, and build a network of young feminist activists and media producers.

“Violence against women and girls online is increasing,” says Lulú V. Barrera, founder of Luchadoras. “We want to break down stereotypes of women as submissive, with secondary roles in society around marriage and motherhood. We want to empower women through technology.”

About APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), headquartered in South Africa, created the Take Back the Tech global campaign in 2006, with the view to reclaim online space for women and making that space safer and more representative, as well as a place for women to thrive and challenge norms that perpetuate discrimination and violence. The campaign is now present in 35 countries.

About La Sandía Digital

La Sandía Digital works with women in Latin America and helps them produce their own films documenting experiences around sexism. Such films include Living in Darkness, which highlights the case of a woman who tried desperately to divorce her husband but was criminalised for not fulfilling traditional gender roles around motherhood. La Sandía Digital has also created a very popular weekly feminist internet TV programme called Luchadoras, a subsidiary that will become fully independent at completion of the Womanity Award program..

About Luchadoras

Luchadoras, based in Mexico City, is dedicated to the promotion of women’s rights and social justice via an online feminist TV show broadcast weakly trough RompevientoTV. To replicate Take Back the Tech!, the collective will build a strong strategic network, equip women for digital self-defense, and train them to create content to respond to abuse and violence online.

Luchadoras is recognized by women’s rights movement as an important ally in amplifying their demands given limited mainstream media attention to social activism. In March 2016, the Mexico City Human Rights Commission awarded Luchadoras’ founder Lulú Barrera an honorable mention in the Hermila Galindo Prize for “innovative use of ICT to promote gender equality”.

Replication Process

In order to adapt Take Back The Tech! to the Mexican setting, with younger women’s collectives, the Partners will aim to:

  • Challenge the norms
  • Build awareness
  • Amplify collective power
  • Strengthen response

ICT for Womanity

ICT for Womanity Network

 The Award winning program will also connect with other initiatives using ICT to prevent violence against women, creating a global network of activists and practitioners and fostering peer to peer opportunities. This network aims to:

  • Increase the two Award winners’ learning opportunities;
  • Provide a safe space to exchange information and knowledge on how ICTs can prevent violence against women;
  • Collect and analyze data to assess the effectiveness of ICTs improving women’s safety;
  • Increase awareness in the mainstream media of how ICT is proven to prevent violence against women

For more information on registration, articles and achievements to date, visit the ICTforWomanity page

Programs

Teenagers Leading Change (Past Project)
(Israel)

Inspiring and empowering young disadvantaged Arab Israeli women.

PROGRAM PICTURES

The project

“The Teenagers Leading Change program improved my connection with my school. I started to learn seriously and decided to do the matriculation exams. I understood the importance of education, and now I believe I can succeed.” – Arab Israeli teenager and program participant.

The Challenge

Arab women in Israel face major challenges: both as members of a minority group and as part of the more traditional Arab society. Their political representation is almost non-existent and they have few opportunities to be part of any decision-making processes. They remain the poorest, lowest paid, and least educated segment of Israeli society.

The number of Arab girls in Israel who continue to higher studies after completing mid-level education remains very low. This drastically reduces their chances of achieving their full potential, obtaining work, or becoming independent and lifting themselves out of poverty.

The Approach

“Reaching girls at this influential age can lead to deep-seated transformations in their lives and can change their academic and professional career paths.” – Antonella Notari, Director Womanity Foundation.

In 2008, with the Israeli Women’s Network (IWN), the Womanity Foundation developed the program, Teenagers Leading Change (TLC). This was a unique leadership training course, intended to promote the empowerment and personal development of young Arab women in Israel. Validated by the Israeli Ministry of Education, the training targeted Arab women aged 16 and 17 in the city of Jaffa in East Jerusalem, and in the so-called Triangle area.

The course was delivered by specialized facilitators in 10 weekly sessions. Through role-play, discussion, practical exercises, and lectures, the course examined social inequality issues, perceptions of stereotypes, sexual identity, and other gender-related topics. It provided participants with skills needed to gain confidence, exercise leadership roles, and make life-determining choices, whilst providing a safe environment to share views and feelings about the role and status of women in their communities.

The training took place during school hours to ensure full student participation. Schools selected the classes in which the course was taught, based largely on the number and interest of students.

The Impact

Womanity worked with IWN to carry out an independent and in-depth evaluation of the program’s impact, especially in relation to changes in attitudes and behaviour among participants. The evaluation considered in-depth interviews and facilitators’ feedback on the groups they led.

  • Over 1,500 young Arab women aged 15 to 17 have participated in the program, furthering their critical thinking skills and personal development.
  • In 2013, the program was strengthen by introducing modules aimed at encouraging girls’ taking on leadership roles and independent decisions.
  • The evaluation showed a positive impact in improved wellbeing, better listening skills and empathy in the participants who as a result were most likely to consider continuing their studies and pursuing a professional career.

 Teenagers Leading Change Valued Partners

The Israeli Women’s Network (IWN)

 

 

Programs

University Scholarships
(Palestinian Territories)

Supporting underprivileged young Palestinian women graduating from university.

PROGRAM PICTURES

The project

“Entering university had provided me with self-confidence and the ability to deal with other people and to understand their points of view and learn from them. I started looking at life from a different angle that is now filled with hope and enthusiasm for a better future.” – Ghadeer Muzahem, graduated in Accounting from Al-Quds University in 2012 with the support of the Womanity Foundation

The Challenge

In the Palestinian Territories education of women is valued as proven by the fact that it has one of the best female literacy rates in the developing world. Women from poor backgrounds, however, often miss out on the opportunity to pursue higher education. As a result, they have fewer training and educational chances to develop their skills and gain economic independence and remain trapped in poor economic conditions without opportunities to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

 The Approach

In collaboration with the Women’s Studies Centre (WSC),  Womanity developed a project to provide financial support to underprivileged young women and cover their university tuition fees. The aim is to boost supported women’s chances of finding employment by helping them to complete courses at colleges and universities.

The women selected must meet socio-economic criteria, have graduated successfully from high school and maintain high academic scores. Representatives from the WSC visit each family before approving a scholarship, follow-up with the academic performance of students and pay directly to the Universities the tuition fees due. A special scholarship has further been established for young girls living in refugee camps.

The annual scholarships covered the costs for one semester per year in order to encourage some funding from the students or other sources.

The Impact

Since 2009, 21 students have received scholarships for one semester per year, 20 of them successfully graduated.

Of the young women who have graduated, some have already entered the workplace and are involved in careers such as teaching, or as employees in pharmacy, non-governmental organizations and private sector, or are working as volunteers and civil servants. Others have progressed to additional higher education.

WSC were also able to expand the project and fund, with additional sources, an average of additional 55 scholarships every year.

Valued Partner

The Women’s Study Centre (WSC)

 

 

Programs

ERADICATING GIRLS’ LABOR (PAST PROJECT)
(MOROCCO)

Returning young girls from child labor, to their families and into education, helps them to escape the cycle
of abuse and poverty.

PROGRAM PICTURES

PROGRAM VIDEOS

The project

“My entering college is the most positive thing that happened to me in 2009 because it gave me hope for a better future.” Saadia, 15 years, former ’little maid’.

The Challenge

Experts believe more than half of the 600,000 child laborers in Morocco are girls under the age of 15, some as young as six. Many of them work long hours as domestic servants. Often referred as ‘petites bonnes’ or little maids, these young girls are vulnerable to physical, psychological, and sexual abuse. With few education opportunities, most find themselves illiterate as adults. Without family or other support, and with few skills, most live in poverty on the margins of society and some turn to prostitution to survive.

Despite Moroccan law prohibiting child labor, the practice remains prevalent due to extreme poverty, poor access to education (particularly for girls), and widespread social acceptance of child labor.

The Approach

The Womanity Foundation, through its local partner – Institution Nationale de Solidarité avec les Femmes en Détresse (INSAF) – has been working in Chichaoua since 2005. This is one of the main poor rural regions from where many of Morocco’s little maids are recruited, usually by brokers, to work in middle class urban households.

The project began with three key goals:

  • To identify little maids and help them to return home and attend school. Financial support for 90% of these girls is aimed at enabling them to graduate from secondary school.
  • Ending child labor and discrimination against little maids by raising awareness about the dangers it implies among children, their families, and local communities.
  • To lobby provincial, regional, and national authorities to adopt a framework to protect children from exploitative labor, and to ensure their effective enforcement.Since 2010, the project’s reach included the El Kelaa de Sraghna region and El Haouz, and INSAF aims to further expand in the Rhamna, Fés, and Meknés regions. INSAF is also concurrently scaling-up its lobbying activities.

The Impact

  • 218 former ‘little maids’ were supported in the period 2005-2014 with an educational scholarship.
  • There has been a dramatic drop in the number of “little maids” from the villages where INSAF has been active since 2005.
  • In 10 years, INSAF organized several awareness campaigns on the risks of child labor, including domestic work, reaching over 10,000 community members, 14,218 children of which 6,432 girls, 187 local organizations and 318 representatives of local authorities, 424 schoolteachers and 77 school principals.
  • INSAF created a coalition of 60 local and national Moroccan organizations who campaign and lobby for better laws and enforcement measures to prevent child labor. The network is led by Amnesty International Morocco, The Moroccan Association of Human Rights, la Fondation Orient-Occident and INSAF.
  • In 2010, INSAF was awarded the prestigious Prix d’Excellence pour le Development Humain Durable by the Fondation Suisse Maroc pour le Dévelopment Durable (FSMD).

Read our latest report on Eradicating Girls’ Labor in Morocco.

Valued Partners

Institution Nationale de Solidarité avec les Femmes en Détresse (INSAF), authorities, and local associations. Womanity funded INSAF’s activities alongside other donors including UN Women, Coopération Belge, Drosos Foundation, and L’Oréal Foundation.

Programs

Investing in Women Entrepreneurs
(Haiti)

“Men might have more resources, but women have the responsibility to nourish all life.” – Nadine Louise, TOYA Foundation, Global Fund for Women grantee. The Womanity Foundation supported the GFFW in Haiti.

PROGRAM PICTURES

The project

Supporting women to gain employment, aid reconstruction efforts, and overcome gender violence in the wake of the Haitian earthquake.

The Challenge

The world was shocked in January 2010 when a devastating earthquake ripped through Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands. Years later, more than half a million Haitians are still living in makeshift camps, set up to house those displaced. With few income opportunities, recreational outlets, or basic services, frustration led to violence – especially against women – to rise.

The Approach

Following the earthquake, Womanity’s main donors were compelled to gather extra resources and support relief efforts on the ground. In line with its mission, Womanity decided to direct its support towards women’s protection and empowerment. A particular focus being on female entrepreneurship as a way to contribute to the reconstruction of Haiti, and to reduce poverty. The $64,000 earmarked for Haiti was disbursed over 3 years to different organizations that addressed women’s issues.

One of the non-governmental organizations supported was Entrepreneurs du Monde, in Camp Corail, Haiti’s largest refugee camp. This partnership was formed to promote female entrepreneurship, provide professional training, create paid jobs for women in the Camp through a microcredit scheme, and help to rebuild needed infrastructure.

The Impact

  • Through the scheme, 20 paid jobs for women were created and eight small enterprises have been set up, including production workshops for peanut butter, Haitian grapefruit jam, two restaurants, and a pastry production unit.
  • Entrepreneurs du Monde installed 2 solar panels, providing a much-needed alternative source of power for all participating women entrepreneurs.
  • In 2010, the first donation of $25,000 was made to the Global Fund for Women, who granted it to Kòdinasyon Solidarite Fanm Djanm Sid (Dynamic Women of the South Solidarity Network). The network used the grant to conduct a survey and media campaign on women’s rights in Southern Haiti.
  • A second grant was successfully disbursed to Movimiento de la Mujer Haitiana (Haitian Women’s Movement). This is a self-help group working in Southeast Haiti for women affected by the earthquake, or who have experienced violence in its aftermath.

Valued Partners

Entrepreneurs du Monde; Global Fund for Women.