About Us

The Women and Memory Forum (WMF) was founded in 1995 by a group of women academics, researchers and activists concerned about the negative representations and perceptions of Arab women in the cultural sphere. Dominant cultural views and images of Arab women constitute a major stumbling block in the course of women’s development and the attainment of their rights.

 

We believe that one of the main obstacles facing Arab women now is the scarcity of alternative cultural information and knowledge about the role of women in history and in contemporary society. The group attained formal status in order to advocate and promote the integration of gender as a category of analysis in the study and interpretation of Arab history and the social sciences in general. The long-term objective of WMF’s specialized research is to produce and make available alternative cultural information about Arab women that can be used to empower women and to raise awareness about gender issues.

The forum is governed by the Board of Trustees which sets the Forum’s policies, plans its activities, and monitors the implementation of these activities. The Board of Trustees is supported by executive staff who carry out the Board’s decisions and oversee daily administrative tasks.

Mission In order to accomplish its vision, the WMF adopts a gender-based cultural mission. Through this mission it aims to contribute effectively to the production and dissemination of alternative knowledge about women in the Arab region. It also aims to reread Arab tradition and cultural history in order to create a new cultural and social awareness that is supportive of women’s social and intellectual roles in the face of dominant negative stereotypes.
Goals In order to accomplish its vision, the WMF adopts a gender-based cultural mission. Through this mission it aims to contribute effectively to the production and dissemination of alternative knowledge about women in the Arab region. It also aims to reread Arab tradition and cultural history in order to create a new cultural and social awareness that is supportive of women’s social and intellectual roles in the face of dominant negative stereotypes.
Vision The WMF looks forward to a society in which justice and equal opportunities for men and women prevail. It envisions such a society as one capable of producing alternative knowledge continuously so as to reshape power relations within social structures for the sake of supporting and maintaining human dignity in the face of all forms of discrimination.

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