Women in Charge

Filmed on March 22nd, 2018, at the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway. In cooperation with Civita and the Oslo Women’s Rights initiative, we invite you to meet women’s rights activists from Libya, Iran, and Jordan at the Nobel Peace Center. What is the situation for women in countries with extreme gender equality issues? How can women activists from countries like these connect and cooperate to build lasting, sustainable change in the world? The Oslo Women’s Rights Initiative is an alliance of individuals and groups who support women’s rights activists from countries with extreme gender equality issues. The Initiative was launched in Oslo in March, where a group of prominent activists from countries including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, and Libya came together to share their experiences.

Listen to the whole thing below:

You will meet three of the 2018 activists in this panel, held at the Nobel Peace Center. Nargess Tavassolian, daughter of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, is a journalist and legal analyst who has worked for several NGOs in Iran and is currently an anchor at Iran International News TV, analyzing gender equality issues and human rights violations. Asma Khalifa of Libya is an activist and researcher working on civil society and human rights, women’s rights and youth empowerment, and co-founder of the think tank Tamazight Women Movement. Afaf Jabiri, from Jordan, is senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at the University of East London, and author of the book ‘Gendered Politics and Law in Jordan: Guardianship over Women’. Afaf has more than 20 years of experience in advocating for gender equality, law, and policy reform in the Middle East. The three activists share their personal experiences in a panel discussion moderated by Liv Tørres, the Director of the Nobel Peace Center.

Multicam operator: Tor Torgersen

Editing by NEW Productions AS

Out and about in Oslo...

…at the Oslo Freedom Forum

The Initiative continued the conversation at the Oslo Freedom Forum with “Her Body is a Battlefield: discriminatory laws, gendered violence”, a panel discussion featuring Azadeh Pourzand, Hana Al-Khamri, and Aida Saadat. The fight to enshrine women’s rights in policy is a tricky creature, and the panel ranged over Saudi Arabia, Iran and worldwide. Elsewhere at OFF, Asma Khalifa gave the keynote speech. Check out the video below:

Libyan peace activist and researcher Asma Khalifa shares how she got involved in the struggle for her country's civil society during the Libyan Revolution. She explains the importance of efforts made by individuals to rebuild the country in times of war and destruction, including how she worked in a field hospital treating wounded soldiers from both sides of the conflict.

OFF was live-streamed, and the panel footage is now available! Check it out below:

On May 27, the Oslo Women's Rights Initiative teamed up with the Oslo Freedom Forum to host a panel discussion in Oslo on the ways discriminatory laws and practices are affecting the lives of women in the MENA region.

Out and about in Oslo...

…at Oslo Pride

Soudeh Rad, an Iranian gender equality activist based in France, is a 2018 member of the Oslo Women's Rights Initiative. She participated in “Pride House: the international bi+ family” panel in a discussion of bi identity, rights and organizing. Soudeh spoke at Canada's official residence in Norway on June 21 for the diplomatic celebration of Pride, and joined Canadian ambassador Artur Wilczynski and the Mayor of Oslo in raising the rainbow flag at the Ambassador’s residence.

Soudeh participated in the panel, part of Oslo Pride’s programming, as an expert in LGBTQIA equality in the Middle East. The panel was held on Friday, June 29 at 1600 at Youngstorget. We are thrilled to have Soudeh as part of our growing network!