Karama Movement In The Arab World: Ending Violence On Our Own Terms
Arab women have built a new movement to end violence against women, calling it 'Karama,' the Arabic word for 'dignity.'
Building on their hard work and experience as activists in their home countries, women across the Middle East and North Africa have developed Karama nationally, regionally, and globally through face-to-face consultations, conferences, and advocacy before their national governments, the Arab League, and the UN. By convening, fostering women's analysis of violence, then implementing joint campaigns from the community level up to CEDAW, the Karama model builds trust, creates a shared vision to end violence against women, and raises the visibility and leadership of Arab women to national, regional, and global arenas. Karama brings together women activists, academics, opinion-makers, and community leaders, strengthens and amplifies their voices, fosters regional awareness, consciousness, and trust, and creates a platform for women to work together and take full control of their futures.
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