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Change your World Event

Posted: 7th of June, 2013

Change your World Event!
Yahoo!’s Business & Human Rights Program has initiated the Change Your World series, regional events focused on how women are using social media, digital media, technology and the Internet to change their worlds. The inaugural event, Change Your World Cairo 2012, hosted by the BHRP along with Yahoo Maktoob and in partnership with Vital Voices, took place at the Fairmont Nile City, Egypt on January 18 2012. The summit brought together women in leadership from across the Middle East and North Africa to showcase and share lessons learned on how women are using technology, the Internet and social media platforms to create positive change in the world. Moderated by award-winning journalist and human rights activist Mona Eltahawy, the summit focused on four primary areas: women's leadership in governance and politics, women's rights/human rights and social justice, journalism, and entrepreneurship. Participants included:

  • Maria Al Masani, social media pioneer and founder of Yemen Rights Monitor;
  • Fida Ouri, deputy director of NISAA FM in the West Bank, one of the first all-women, non-political radio stations in the Arab world;
  • Shereen Allam, Egyptian entrepreneur, co-owner of Eco-tek and founder, Association for Women's Total Advancement and Development;
  • Lara Ayoub, Jordanian digital media pioneer and digital media director, Al Ghad and Al-Waseet
  • Dalia Ziada, Egyptian women’s rights activist and blogger who has been hailed by the international media as one of the most influential women in the world;
  • Lamees Dhaif, Bahraini journalist and human rights activist

Summit sessions included “Technology and Economic Empowerment,” “After the Revolution: E-lections and E-governance,” “Journalism, Women and the Internet” and “Safety Online for Women and Activists.” There was also a screening of excerpts from ‘Women, War & Peace,’ the documentary series that tells the stories of women in conflict zones around the globe. The event concluded with a session entitled “What’s Next? Continuing the Conversation” – a facilitated workshop to elicit ideas for tools, platforms, technology and media to foster and promote entrepreneurship, political leadership, journalism and women’s rights. View the agenda or a short summary video of the event here.  
Change Your World events will be held this year in Brazil and India.