To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, Oxfam Great Britain’s Regional Gender Justice Programme is launching Manarat (Lighthouse), a digital comic campaign to tell the stories of Pioneer Women from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region who have contributed to their societies or excelled in their fields.This campaign aims at celebrating and paying tribute to a sample of MENA pioneer women who have contributed to the progress and advancement of their societies.
The featured women were selected amongst hundreds of nominees that were crowd-sourced online. The selected profiles vary from community mobiliser, political activist, athlete, artist, medical doctor, adventurist, and sexual and reproductive health rights campaigner. They come from 8 countries including Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Mauritania, Syria, Palestine, and Tunis.
The comic stories were drawn by a Lebanese Feminist Comic Artist and Award winner, Lena Merhej
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 Foreign Affairs and International Development 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.