• Egyptian Journalists Build Skills amid Instability

    A man holds a newspaper up and points to it
    Thursday, January 8, 2015

    Within the current environment of political instability in Egypt, a big challenge for journalists is navigating an objective role in a contentious society.

    Internews in Egypt successfully brought together in November and December fifty media professionals with differing opinions to discuss the meaning of democracy and the role of the journalist within this climate.

  • Village Women in Egypt Advocate for their Constitutional Rights

    A woman writes something on a table while 2 men watch
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    Naga’ Wanas, a small village in the Droo area of Aswan, Egypt, is characterized by its hospitable agricultural community. However it is steeped in illiteracy and a lack of basic infrastructure. Most of the close-knit community members do not have a strong grasp of their rights under the newly passed Egyptian constitution.

    Through Internews’ Egyptian Pulse project, women in Naga’ Wanas were taught how to apply for their national IDs and then use that document to obtain birth and marriage certificates. These documents can secure them legal rights under the new constitution.

  • Youth Use Street Theater to Enhance Participation in Egypt’s Democratic Process

    Actors stand on the stage of a theatre
    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    To encourage participation in the democratic process by marginalized populations in Egypt, youth volunteers, who had been trained by Internews, interviewed Egyptian lawyers, journalists, educators and analysts in order to explain different clauses and amendments to the new constitution that directly impact their communities, specifically youth, women and minorities.

    The constitution, which was drafted in January, requires that a specific percentage of the GNP be allocated to education, health and scientific research, with the intent of improving conditions for the poor.

  • Egyptian Youth in Underserved Communities will have Access to Production Facilities

    A woman speaking at a microphone
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    The sustainability of its multimedia studios has been an important consideration for Internews since the outset of its Future Leaders project in Egypt, training youth to use media for social change.

    With three local partners – Hawaa Al-Mostaqbal Association, Pioneers of Cultural Centers Association and Future Association for Development, Consumer Protection, and the Environment – Internews is in the process of finalizing an agreement that will ensure that local youth have access to the two fully equipped production studios in Giza and Aswan beyond the lifetime of the project.

  • Youth in Egypt Strive to Clean up Their Environment

    Garbage strewn outside the school building
    Friday, January 31, 2014

    Cleaning up the Garbage

    El Serra El Hasnaa Middle School for Girls in the governorate of Giza in Upper Egypt had been dealing with unsanitary conditions for several years. Residents and fish vendors had been dumping garbage in front of the school, which caused an unhealthy environment. The fish vendors wash the fish and dispose the waste along with the accumulating garbage.

    The stench and garbage attracted flies all around the school. To make things worse, garbage workers would pile up waste near the school that had been collected from other areas.

  • A Young Egyptian Girl Helps Guarantee Children’s Rights in New Constitution

    Egyptian girl speaks at a microphone
    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    Eager to learn more about documentary filming and production, Zahara Mohamed, a 14-year-old student at the Giza Middle School for Girls, joined Internews’ Future Leaders project in Egypt. Her enthusiasm and passion for citizenship principles and social initiatives led her to be chosen to continue as a trainee during the second stage of the project.

    Zahara received intensive training on citizenship principles which included the guiding principles of the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child. This topic, which helped Zahara understand her rights and responsibilities as a citizen, especially sparked her interest.

  • Young Women in Egypt are Empowered to Make their School Safer

    Girls write on the wall of their school
    Wednesday, October 2, 2013

    El Nil School for Girls is located in the Giza governorate’s Imbaba district, which has deteriorated economically since the 2011 revolution that ended Mubarak’s rule. The district is a well-known drug trafficking center; at night after school hours, drug addicts jump over the school walls and use the playground as a hideout for drug abuse. Each morning students find drug paraphernalia.

    “Years ago, school security didn’t get much attention; however, these days, it seems that drugs and violence have infiltrated every nook of society,” said Laila Abdelkawy, El Nil School principle.

  • Online Freedom in the Balance

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    Against a backdrop of tightening government restrictions on freedom of expression across the Middle East and North Africa, Internews recently held a series of four intensive workshops on Internet policy and digital safety. The two-day workshops served some 100 journalists, bloggers, netizens and members of civil society groups in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Tunisia.

  • Online Freedom in the Balance

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    Against a backdrop of tightening government restrictions on freedom of expression across the Middle East and North Africa, Internews recently held a series of four intensive workshops on Internet policy and digital safety. The two-day workshops served some 100 journalists, bloggers, netizens and members of civil society groups in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Tunisia.