The Women and Memory Forum (WMF) was founded in 1995 by a group of women academics, researchers and activists concerned about the negative representations and perceptions of Arab women in the cultural sphere. Dominant cultural views and images of Arab women constitute a major stumbling block in the course of women’s development and the attainment of their rights.
In order to accomplish its vision, the WMF adopts a gender-based cultural mission. Through this mission it aims to contribute effectively to the production and dissemination of alternative knowledge about women in the Arab region. It also aims to reread Arab tradition and cultural history in order to create a new cultural and social awareness that is supportive of women’s social and intellectual roles in the face of dominant negative stereotypes.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.