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Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy - foto Robert E. Rutledge
Mona Eltahawy - foto Robert E. Rutledge

(Egypt, 1967) is a feminist author, commentator and disruptor of patriarchy. Her first book Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution (2105) targeted patriarchy in the Middle East and North Africa and her second The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls (2019) took her disruption worldwide. Her commentary has appeared in media around the world and she makes video essays as FEMINIST GIANT, which is also the name of the newsletter of which she is founder and editor-in-chief.

(WN 2021)

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  • Slow Winternachten festival februari & maart 2021

    Mona Eltahawy in The Female Convention - #TheFutureIsFemale

    With: Mona Eltahawy

    When we talk about the Istanbul Convention, I want you to imagine women who are long ignored. All countries who are signatories or want to ratify the Istanbul Convention must remember migrant women, refugee women, and women who don't have papers or whose papers depend on their husbands.

    Egyptian writer and activist Mona Eltahawy calls for protection of these groups of women against domestic and sexual violence in her contribution to the Winternachten festival 2021-programme #TheFutureIsFemale: The Female Convention.

    She pleas against patriarchy and against forms of oppression that maintain the power of patriarchy such as racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, capitalism and ableism.

    It's up to us. This is what women in Poland and Turkey are demanding in their protests for gender equality and for better protection against violence. The ruling right-wing nationalist politicians in their countries want to withdraw from the so-called Istanbul Convention. This human rights convention of the Council of Europe is the world's first binding instrument to prevent and tackle violence against women. Some governments doubt the "moral implications" of this important milestone and even believe that it could be "harmful" to their societies.

    In The Female Convention, we analyzed the demonstrations and gave a voice to authors. In short: we employed literature to make the convention tangible and to breathe new life into it. This program featuring strong women and political current affairs was hosted by journalist Nicole le Fever and has been made by programme maker and writer Meltem Halaceli.

    Mona Eltahawy is a feminist author, commentator and disruptor of patriarchy. Her first book Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution (2105) targeted patriarchy in the Middle East and North Africa and her second The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls (2019) took her disruption worldwide. Her commentary has appeared in media around the world and she makes video essays as FEMINIST GIANT, which is also the name of the newsletter of which she is founder and editor-in-chief.

  • Slow Winternachten festival februari & maart 2021

    The Female Convention - #TheFutureIsFemale

    With: Kaouthar Darmoni, Laura van Dolron, Meltem Halaceli, Mithu Sanyal, Mona Eltahawy, Nazmiye Oral, Nicole le Fever, Zsófia Bán

    It's up to us. This is what women in Poland and Turkey are demanding in their protests for gender equality and for better protection against violence. The ruling right-wing nationalist politicians in their countries want to withdraw from the so-called Istanbul Convention. This human rights convention of the Council of Europe is the world's first binding instrument to prevent and tackle violence against women. Some governments doubt the "moral implications" of this important milestone and even believe that it could be "harmful" to their societies.

    3:17 - Dilâra Gürcü (France), interview.
    14:10 - Mona Eltahawy (US), video essay.
    17:25 - Zsófia Bán (Hungary), interview.
    30:38 - Dilâra Gürcü (France), question audience.
    33:03 - Kaouthar Darmoni (Netherlands), interview.
    42:03 - Nazmiye Oral (Netherlands), interview.
    48:48 - Kaouthar Darmoni (Netherlands), question audience.
    51:09 - Mithu Sanyal (Germany) preview video piece and interview.
    1:02:21 - Kaouthar Darmoni reaction on Mithu Sanyal
    1:04:14 - Nazmiye Oral, question audience.
    1:05:51 - Laura van Dolron (Netherlands), live written poem.
    Moderated by Nicole le Fever.

    In The Female Convention, we analyzed the demonstrations and gave a voice to authors. In short: we employed literature to make the convention tangible and to breathe new life into it. This program featuring strong women and political current affairs was hosted by journalist Nicole le Fever and has been made by programme maker and writer Meltem Halaceli. Those interested could take part actively by joining the chat session, hosted by theatre maker and stand-up philosopher Laura van Dolron.

    Nicole le Fever and Turkish writer, psychologist and feminist Dilâra Gürcü zoomed in on the protests in Turkey, but also on the means of protest and the role of writers and artists in this matter. Gürcü provided an impressive testimony of her life, which has changed dramatically since 2013.

    The Hungarian writer and literary critic Zsófia Bán told us how she claims women's rights with the sharpness and imagination of language.

    Egyptian-American journalist, writer and feminist Mona Eltahawy made it crystal clear by means of a video message that the convention does not do sufficient justice to refugees and women without residence permits, or who depend on their partners for their residence status.

    We also spoke to Kaouthar Darmoni, CEO of Atria, Institute on gender equality and women's history in Amsterdam, and to actor and writer Nazmiye Oral about the role they can and want to play in this debate. How do they voice their activism and feminism from their positions?

    Next, we zoomed out to a "politics of love" with the German writer, journalist and cultural scientist Mithu Sanyal. Her books Vulva (2009) and Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo (2019) explore how our society has dealt with sexual violence for centuries, and what that says about our beliefs on sex, sexuality and gender. Her video-essay is an inspiring and confrontational report by a driven researcher about her investigation into love as a political force.

    Watch here the keynote speech Love Politics by Mithu Sanyal.

    Read here the text of the key-note speech 'Love Politics' by Mithu Sanyal written for this programme on request of the Winternachten international literature festival The Hague.

    (Find the Dutch-language version here/Lees hier de Nederlandstalige versie)

    Read and watch on here:

    Zsófia Bán
    website

    Laura van Dolron
    website

    Kaouthar Darmoni
    website
    website Atria - Institute on gender equality and women's history

    Mona Eltahawy
    website: FEMINIST GIANT newsletter
    Video: Mona Eltahawys video-essays, among which FEMINIST GIANT
    .

    Dilâra Gürcü
    Articles by Gürcü at online magazine sister-hood
    Gürcüs webpage at INSEAD - The Business School for the World, Paris

    Meltem Halaceli
    Meltem Halaceli's publications at Dutch online news portal De Correspondent
    Instagram
    Facebook

    MIthu Sanyal
    Video: Mithu Sanyal in conversation with Verso on her book Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo
    Articles by Mithu Sanyal in The Guardian


  • Winternachten 2021

    #TheFutureIsFemale: The Female Convention

    With: Dilâra Gürcü, Kaouthar Darmoni, Laura van Dolron, Meltem Halaceli, Mithu Sanyal, Mona Eltahawy, Nazmiye Oral, Nicole le Fever, Zsófia Bán

    Watch here the keynote speech Love Politics by the German writer, journalist and cultural scientist Nithu Sanyal.

    It's up to us. This is what women in Poland and Turkey are demanding in their protests for gender equality and for better protection against violence. The ruling right-wing nationalist politicians in their countries want to withdraw from the so-called Istanbul Convention. This human rights convention of the Council of Europe is the world's first binding instrument to prevent and tackle violence against women. Some governments doubt the "moral implications" of this important milestone and even believe that it could be "harmful" to their societies.

    In The Female Convention, we analyzed the demonstrations and gave a voice to authors. In short: we employed literature to make the convention tangible and to breathe new life into it. This program featuring strong women and political current affairs was hosted by journalist Nicole le Fever and has been made by programme maker and writer Meltem Halaceli. Those interested could take part actively by joining the chat session, hosted by theatre maker and stand-up philosopher Laura van Dolron.

    Nicole le Fever and Turkish writer, psychologist and feminist Dilâra Gürcü zoomed in on the protests in Turkey, but also on the means of protest and the role of writers and artists in this matter. Gürcü provided an impressive testimony of her life, which has changed dramatically since 2013.

    The Hungarian writer and literary critic Zsófia Bán told us how she claims women's rights with the sharpness and imagination of language.

    Egyptian-American journalist, writer and feminist Mona Eltahawy made it crystal clear by means of a video message that the convention does not do sufficient justice to refugees and women without residence permits, or who depend on their partners for their residence status.

    We also spoke to Kaouthar Darmoni, CEO of Atria, Institute on gender equality and women's history in Amsterdam, and to actor and writer Nazmiye Oral about the role they can and want to play in this debate. How do they voice their activism and feminism from their positions?

    Next, we zoomed out to a "politics of love" with the German writer, journalist and cultural scientist Mithu Sanyal. Her books Vulva (2009) and Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo (2019) explore how our society has dealt with sexual violence for centuries, and what that says about our beliefs on sex, sexuality and gender. Her video-essay is an inspiring and confrontational report by a driven researcher about her investigation into love as a political force.
    Watch here the video-essay Love Politics by Mithu Sanyal.

    Read here the contribution by Mithu Sanyal written for this programme on request of the Winternachten international literature festival The Hague.
    (Find the Dutch-language version here/Lees hier de Nederlandstalige versie)

    Read and watch on here:

    Zsófia Bán
    website

    Laura van Dolron
    website

    Kaouthar Darmoni
    website
    website Atria - Institute on gender equality and women's history

    Mona Eltahawy
    website: FEMINIST GIANT newsletter
    Video: Mona Eltahawys video-essays, among which FEMINIST GIANT
    .

    Dilâra Gürcü
    Articles by Gürcü at online magazine sister-hood
    Gürcüs webpage at INSEAD - The Business School for the World, Paris

    Meltem Halaceli
    Meltem Halaceli's publications at Dutch online news portal De Correspondent
    Instagram
    Facebook

    MIthu Sanyal
    Video: Mithu Sanyal in conversation with Verso on her book Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo
    Articles by Mithu Sanyal in The Guardian