Saturday, May 27, 2006

Technology: blogging popular amongst arab women

(Photo: Wereldomroep) Oneworld had an article (in Dutch): webloggen populair onder Arabische vrouwen. Women in the Maghreb and the Middle East, especially young women, are starting en masse to blog. For the women they are a chance to express themselves publicly, and for the public it's a chance to know what arab women are thinking and experiencing.

It gives the example of an Iraqi women blogger, blogging under the name Riverbend who used to work as a programmer, but had to quit her job because of the war. "Three years and the security situation has gone from bad to worse. The country feels like it's on the brink of chaos once more- but a pre-planned, pre-fabricated chaos being led by religious militias and zealots."

When women started blogging in Iran, some spoke of a social revolution, but now enthusiasm has waned as not much seems to have changed for women (said the press release- I wonder, I'm sure it will have brought about lots of changes in terms of connecting women with like-minded ideas).

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