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The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship is a regional hub for a dynamic community of academics, practitioners, and civil society actors in exploring traditional and innovative forms of associational life and in advancing realistic solutions to the obstacles to effective civil society and citizenship in the Arab region.
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Maha Jouini is an entrepreneur, scientist, and author all at once. She pursued a degree in Artificial Intelligence from the Tianjin University of Technology and Education in China. After her journey in China, Maha moved to Mauritania to launch her start-up business in digital transformation. She recently published a book entitled “A Lover from Africa”.
In this podcast episode, Maha tells us more about the transition between the different careers, her academic journey in China, as well as the inspiration behind her recently published book and her start-up business.
Rania Harrara is an 18-year-old Moroccan girl who developed a passion for football. Facing many challenges, she established the Association de Football Feminin Casablancais (AFFC), a football association to empower young girls in football. She is also a member of Girl Up Morocco, which allowed her to further work on initiatives for female football athletes.
In this podcast interview, we learn about her journey as a football athlete, the main challenges she faced throughout her career, as well as her work to empower young female football athletes in Morocco, and her plans for the future.
Rana Husseini is an award-winning Jordanian journalist with 25+ years of experience. In her work, she focuses on social issues with a special emphasis on violence against women, as well as the brutal crimes that are committed against Jordanian women in the name of family honor.
In this podcast episode, we learn more about what drew Rana into the world of journalism and how that field could be utilized to advocate for women’s rights. We also talk to her about her recent book about the women’s movement in Jordan and the possible progress in the landscape of violence against women in the Arab region.
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