Egyptian activists join CRPM debate on gender, Arab Spring
Two Egyptian democracy activists visiting Macedonia as part of a PASOS project attended a seminar organized by a member of the network and drew attention from local media.
Gihan Abou Zeid and Sally Roshdy from the One World Foundation for Development and Civil Society Care, a pro-democracy NGO based in Cairo, traveled to Skopje to attend a June 20 event on “The Arab Spring and Gender.”
The public debate was organized by the Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM), a member of the PASOS network of think tanks. CRPM hosted the public debate at its School of Public Policy “Mother Theresa.”
The tour for the Egyptians was a component of the PASOS-led project “Linking change-makers in the Middle East & North Africa with democratic reformers of post-communist (Central and Eastern) Europe.” Roshdy had participated in part of an earlier event associated with the project, a training seminar conducted in Egypt last month by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, another PASOS member.
In September 2011, two CRPM experts held a training seminar in Cairo as part of the same project. That seminar included a presentation by Marija Risteska, executive director of CRPM, and fellow CRPM policy analyst Ana Mickovska-Raleva. They spoke on policy analysis, research, and advocacy.
After the Skopje event, the visit from the Egyptians received press coverage from Dnevnik, a major Macedonian newspaper that featured an extensive interview with the two activists. “We came to learn about democracy, security, equality and choices,” Roshdy told the newspaper.
Meanwhile, Ohrid Press published another interview that focused on Balkan Egyptians, and provided coverage of the activists’ appearance at a Macedonian Egyptian Society event on June 24, Day of the Balkan Egyptians. The article also included the activists’ assessment of the recent elections in Egypt.
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