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‘Hope’: a new fund to promote women’s rights in the 'Arab Spring' countries

A great new blog from Oxfam's 'Amal' programme reflecting on the changes for women three years after the Arab uprisings and launching a new Fund to support emerging and new women’s organizations in Tunisia, Yemen, Palestine and Morocco.

"....Whatever the short term ups and downs of the struggle for women’s rights in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the experience of protest and organization have left a legacy among the region’s women of confidence in their ability to ‘raise the roof’ (to use the Arabic expression). It is the energy of women like these, who are hungry for change and hopeful for a better future where they can be the masters (mistresses!) of their own destiny, that Oxfam and its partners would like to celebrate this International Women’s Day.

Oxfam's Innovation Fund launched on IWD last week offers small grants to new women's organizations with creative and bold solutions to long-lasting challenges and reach informal and emerging groups through partnerships with established organizations in Tunisia, Yemen, Palestine and Morocco. Grantees will be able to access awards of and in-kind support of up to $35,000.

The fund is part of the AMAL (‘Hope’ in Arabic) programme, which works in four of the countries affected by the Arab uprisings: Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine and Yemen, in partnership with 13 local organizations.  Oxfam and women’s organizations are working together with women – often from poor communities – strengthening their confidence, knowledge of their rights and their campaigning and advocacy skills.

For more information, see http://oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/hope-a-new-fund-to-promote-womens-rights...

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