Partnerships key to promoting economic empowerment for rural women in the MENA region

The economic empowerment of rural women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region was the topic of a side-event organized by the governments of Italy and Tunisia, in cooperation with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UN Women and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The event featured a range of high-level speakers from Italy, the MENA region, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, and was moderated by Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations in New York. “Women face several barriers…

International Women’s Day, a time to reflect on gender rights in the Arab world

From Tunisia to Saudi Arabia, times are changing in the Arab world and women are gaining more and more rights. International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8, serves as an opportunity to hail advances in women’s rights and voice support for women around the world. This year, the observance drew attention to the Middle East and North Africa, where some of the most exciting reforms and positive developments have emerged. For the first time, Saudi Arabia was at the top of the list. Over the past year, the kingdom introduced landmark…

Three Arab women scientists to be honoured in the UNESCO-L’Oréal awards in Paris

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the L’Oréal Foundation have announced on Friday that they are preparing to honour several international female scientists in their 2018 For Women In Science and International Rising Talents awards programs. Fifteen female scientists, including three from Jordan, UAE and Tunisia, will be recognized in the International Rising Talents program, where as five will be selected for the For Women in Science program. Others to be awarded in the Rising Talents program hail from Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North…

Ecological and cultural event “Blue Season” to be held in Tunisia from June 15 to September 30, 2018

The ecological and cultural event “Blue Season” will be organised along the Tunisian coast from June 15 to September 30, 2018, TAP reports Among the activities organised as part of this event an underwater museum, a festival of photos and underwater paintings in addition to a musical show hosted by the internationally renowned Tunisian musician Jasser Haj Youssef. On the sidelines of a meeting with the French ambassador to Tunisia, Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, in Monastir on Friday, Director of the “Our big blue” association, Manel Ben Ismail told TAP that…

TAYP “Retreat” in New York urging Tunisian Diaspora to help Tunisian economy

Mohamed Malouche, chairman of the Tunisian American Young Professionals (TAYP) Boad of Directors said that next April 28 -29 will be marked by the organisation of “Retreat” in New York targeting the Tunisian diaspora in the United States and providing means to be mobilised to help the Tunisian economy. Malouche told Express FM on Wednesday morning that through this event, a reflection will be made in order to find the adequate financial mechanisms that will allow this diaspora to invest in Tunisia. With regard to investment, a reflection will be…

Tunisian University: Elections of scientific councils, UGET wins 59.7% of seats

Secretary-General of the General Students’ Union of Tunisia (UGET) Omar Kefi told akherkhabaronline on Friday, that the student organisation won 331 seats out of 556 in the elections of the scientific councils i.e. 59.7% of the seats. He added that the results revealed the victory of the General Students’ Union of Tunisia of the first place followed by The Tunisian General Union of Students « Ennahdha movement » with 164 seats and a rate of 29.4%. The Popular Front won 53 seats (9.53 %), 8 seats and 1.4% rate went for the…

Tunisian Maher Damak, MIT PhD student awarded in USA

A tech using electrical fields to recapture water vapour that normally escapes from cooling towers attached to big power plants was invented by “Infinite Cooling” a startup co-founded by Maher Damak, a 28-year-old Tunisian, PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Boston, USA. Water from the collected steam is recycled back into cooling. “Power plants consume a lot of water; they use this water for their cooling system. Currently, all this water is lost, as it evaporates from the towers of power plants. So…

In Tunisia, preserving tradition in the last underground homes

In the arid valleys of southern Tunisia’s Djebel Dahar region, people have lived for centuries in underground houses whose earthen casing provides protection against searing summer heat and winter winds. But in recent decades, rural depopulation has meant fewer people live in the homes, which are composed of rooms hewn into the walls of an excavated circular courtyard. The few remaining families say they are attached to the homes and the land or see no way of moving. “My father died, my mother died, the girls got married and I…

EBRD and FAO support sustainable olive oil production in Tunisia

Phoenician travellers first introduced the olive tree to what is nowadays Tunisia. Its cultivation is said to have been refined here, before trees were taken northwards and westwards, into the heartlands of the Roman Empire. Tunisia is well established as a major exporter of olive oil, alongside Italy and Spain – and the country’s producers increasingly see the benefits of producing high quality extra virgin olive oil. This is helping them to become more competitive, while Tunisian oil is also being recognised more widely at home and abroad, according to…

Young Tunisian women launch business initiative to change own destinies

From Tunisian pastries to carpets, to clothes and jewellery, the products combine elements of tradition and modernity. Despite economic difficulties facing the handicraft sector, young Tunisian women artisans established an initiative to promote the industry and provide jobs for themselves and others. The “I am Change” initiative encourages female artisans, many of whom are unemployed university graduates, to sell their work to a larger customer base and break into bigger markets. From Tunisian pastries to carpets, to clothes and jewellery, the products these women make combine elements of tradition and…