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What Youth across Africa think of The Revolutions in North Africa?


"No Woman, No Cry" -Human Rights Day- #16days

No Woman, No Cry” is the famous reggae song of Bob Marley and The Wailers. The original title is “No Woman, Nuh Cry” in Jamaica tongue.The “nuh”, is a shorter vowel sound for “no”, and corresponds to the short form “don’t”. The song tends to persuade women not to cry and reassure them that everything will be alright.This is what my friend Taiwo ADESOBAfrom Nigeria has explained.

However, when I see how much women in the world suffer, I wonder how can women not cry,
When 95% of the victims of violence are female and 95-98% of the perpetrators are male... When every 15 seconds a woman is beaten, raped, or killed... When women still don't receive equal payment and are judged only for the fact that they are WOMEN... When women not only in Afghanistan, Republic of Congo or India but also about 2to 4 million of American women are battered each year by their partners...
It is a vicious circle of women's suffer everywhere, everyday...
Despite this reality, We, women, have the right to Life,…

Violence Has Become A Language

In a beautiful summer day, I arrived to the largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg, as westernized and wealthy as I thought with its skyscrapers, fancy neighborhoods and highways. I have taken the Gautrain from the airport to the hotel. As I was sitting next to a young South African man in his early 30s, we eventually struck up a conversation on the country’s current situation. “Few days ago, protesters against the provincial government in Cape Town ran amok and looted stores and stalls”. I was listening to him as the image of rich-poor divide Cape Town contradicts the image I have of wealthy predominately “white” place. “Other protesters were throwing stones at police, burnt tires and blocked roads to express their dissatisfaction”, he continued. After few minutes of this conversation, I realized thathaving the largest and most developed economy in Africa, “the most admirable constitution in the world”, 11 official languages and its pluralistic makeup didn’t prevent people’s disc…

Racism has taken a New Form

Walking in the street, I was called "ibrony" in Ghana and "Muzungu" in Kenya which means "white". I didn't take it seriously when I interacted with people. I would just smile! but deep inside for the first time I felt segregated because of my skin color especially that I see myself Black but maybe I look White. I see myself black just because people think African means black. I then thought about our racism in someone would feel to be called "black" in a predominately "White" society as I felt being called "White" in predominately "black" societies. Very Complex Indeed!! I realized how racist and inappropriate are the expressions we use comfortably in Tunisian dialect of the word "black" like "kahloush", "ousif" or "abeed"... also how racist to internationally call a part of the world "Black Africa", "L'Afrique Noire"? so when will we …

Semi-Finalist for PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival

I have started my advocacy commitment for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding among Americans and Arab Muslims during my stay in the US last year. Coming from North Africa and being faced myself with many stereotypes while engaging in sincere conversations, made me realize that the first step to bridge both cultures is to expose those stereotypes, explore information from both parts of the world and tell a different story of the mainstream media. 
One of the harsh statements that an Arab can hear is attacked of being "a terrorist" because of the act of few! my short video "Arab Muslims living in the USA" highlights the views of Americans and Arab Muslims living in the US who have a different story to tell than that of hatred, skepticism and intolerance.
I entered with my video an international competition on PLURAL + 2013 Youth Video Festival, a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAoC) and the International Organization for…

Reportage on Women's Day #Tunisia


Les Femmes de La Révolution

"à l'occasion du 13 août, Fête Nationale de la Femme"

Les tunisiennes ont impressionné le monde entier en se levant pour défendre leurs droits en tant que femmes et en tant qu'êtres humains. Epaules contre épaules elle se sont soulevées aux côtés des hommes afin de défendre leur nation pendant la révolution. Ceci dit, le mouvement des femmes tunisiennes remonte bien avant le 14 janvier 2011.

Dès le début du 20e siècle les femmes tunisiennes ont joué un rôle déterminant dans l'obtention de l'indépendance de leur pays. Comme les hommes furent arrêtés et emprisonnées après le manifestations qui ont amené les français et leur protectorat à se retirer et à reconnaitre l'indépendance du pays le 20 mars 1956.
Moins de 5 mois plus tard, le 13 aout 1956, le premier président de la Tunisie, Habib Bourguiba, faisait un discours où il citait un extrait du code civil défendant les droits des femmes. Le codex interdisait la polygamie et le rejet unilatéral au profit du di…

11 Days of Non-stop Sit-In in Tunis

This blog post is a reportage on what's happening in Bardo sit-in that lasted for 11 days so far.
#Bardo #Ra7il #Brahmi #Belaid

Photo Album on August 3rd, 2013 at Demotix

Photo Album on August-06, 2013 at Demotix

Reportage on the mass rally on yesterday commemoration of Belaid's assassination.

Tunisia: Between Political Instability, Terrorism & Police Repression

When journalists are arrested because they've taken photos for their articles, we ask, where is freedom of expression? When there is denial of accessibility, we ask, where is transparency? When the corrupt hands are out of jail, we ask, where is accountability? but when political leaders are assassinated during a "democratic transition", what shall we ask for?
The assassination of Chokri Belaid on February 6th earlier this year, is a sorrow for Tunisia not only because it is an act of killing a human being but also an act of extreme censorship to a leader who revealed corruption and vocally criticized Ennahda, the Islamist ruling party. This is not censoring YouTube or Daily-motion, hacking blogs, Facebook Pages and Tweeter accounts or dispersing protests with teargas. This is censoring the heartbeat forever. In less than six months of Belaid's murder, during the Republic Day which is our annual celebration marking Tunisia's foundation as an independent republic, …

Peace by All Means