Arab feminists discuss how to counter online violence. November 24, 2017, Beirut, Lebanon. (Oxfam/The Media Booth)

#GenderTech Confronts Gender-Based Violence in MENA

Is the internet providing more space for women to liberate themselves, or expanding the space for gender-based violence? To mark the international “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence” campaign, Oxfam, in collaboration with SMEX and the Knowledge Workshop, a Beirut-based ongoing workshop for (re)searching and gathering women’s stories, organized “Gender Tech,” a two-day event […]

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#FreeMustafaSbeity: With the Detention of Lebanese Poet, Authorities Show Lack of Grace

Update on December 13, 2017: After 15 days of detention, poet Mustafa Sbeity was released on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, after paying a bail of 500000 L.L. (around $333), according to Annahar. However, the public prosecutor did not drop the charges against Sbeity and his case remains open. On Monday, the Internal Security Forces’ Intelligence Unit […]

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MENA Internet Freedom Roundup: October 2017

  From the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s attempt to criminalize online speech to its development of advanced facial recognition technology, we ask, are critical views able to be expressed in the kingdom during its current internal power struggle? In this month’s roundup of the latest digital rights-related news from the region, we follow up on […]

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Feminist Editathon Rewrites Women’s Role in History on Wikipedia

Women’s innumerable contributions to society have long been sidelined. In a move to document and make these achievements accessible to all, SMEX partnered with the Knowledge Workshop, Radical, and independent feminists to host an editathon, a collective editing workshop of Wikipedia. The event provided a safe space for women to create new pages in Arabic, […]

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