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Women and girls in the Middle East aren’t victims. They are fearless leaders, survivors, and activists working to build a better future.

The world has watched as the Middle East has undergone a major regional reconfiguration over the past five years. Mainstream media coverage of the region shows the chaos, danger, and struggle that is a result of terrorism, political uprisings, and violence. What we don’t hear about is the fearless work of resilient women’s human rights advocates. These daring women remind us there is another side to the story.

Now is a decisive moment for women’s rights in the Middle East. Explore powerful stories from daring women in the Middle East, and show them they have international solidarity by signing our petition! Signatures will be delivered to sister organizations in the region working to defend their rights.

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Daring women in the Middle East and North Africa are leading the charge for progress

By Zahra Vieneuve, Global Fund for Women Program Officer for Middle East and North Africa News from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has become increasingly confusing and overwhelming: the fall of dictators, the rise of new ones, the spread of extremist and fundamentalist groups, the eruption of new conflicts and ensuing forced displacement…

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In Conversation: Yanar Mohammed on trafficking in Iraq

Yanar Mohammed is the President of Organization of Women’s Freedom, our grantee partner in Iraq. The group focuses on protecting women’s human rights, including fighting against trafficking of women and girls, and operates six safe houses for women survivors of violence. In this interview with Yanar, we hear about how her organization’s work against trafficking…

In Egypt, defending human rights could land you in jail

UPDATE: December 8 Azza Soliman, a bold Egyptian woman human rights defender and the founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance, was arrested by police officers at her home yesterday morning. Her arrest warrant was signed by one of the judges overseeing the investigation of Egyptian human rights organizations known as case 173. After…

Political empowerment for women in the Middle East

Political revolutions and instability in the Middle East have mobilized women in new ways. In the face of political unrest and explicit threats to their rights, many women are increasing their activism to make their voices heard. As a result of this surge of political engagement from women, however, fundamentalist and conservative leaders and governments…

Taking back justice with grassroots women in Egypt

Over the past 20 years, the Center of Egyptian Women Legal Assistance (CEWLA) has worked with thousands of grassroots women in Egypt and throughout the region. The group has helped marginalized Egyptian women access legal services, has led sexual health trainings, and has hosted seminars about literacy and political empowerment that have enriched and empowered…

Stemming the tide of the biggest threat to women’s rights

Despite turmoil, danger, and oppression, women in the Middle East and North Africa are not succumbing—instead they are resisting. Women are claiming new public spaces, fighting back against discriminatory systems and laws, and raising their voices on topics that were once taboo. At the heart of this resistance lies the issue of gender-based violence. “Violence…

Spotlight on Turkey: Women on the ground discuss growing crisis, threats

June 29 Update: The death toll continues to rise in the aftermath of a deadly suicide attack Tuesday night at Turkey’s Istanbul Ataturk Airport, with the latest estimates that 41 people are dead and more than 200 wounded. This attack is the latest in at least a dozen deadly attacks carried out by extremist groups…