• 8th March 2023
  • 3:00 – 8:30

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The internet could be a place where ideas and thoughts can be freely shared, regardless of cultural background, ethnicity and socio-economic affiliation – and, of course, regardless of gender. Today, however, the internet, the producers of shared content and journalistic stories, the owners of platforms and websites, the debates and users, and even algorithms also reflect the social realities that prevail in countries around the world, including in the Middle East: Women are still underrepresented in media coverage, stereotypes are too often repeated, women are structurally underrepresented especially in leadership positions in high-tech professions and journalism, social media users are discriminated against because of their gender, and there is a digital divide between men and women. So how can the promise of equality in digital media be realized? 


On the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8 March, we want to discuss these and other questions with you and our outstanding speakers in two interactive panel discussions. We will also open an exhibition of strong journalistic stories by women that are in themselves an answer to this question. And we will announce a journalistic competition to further promote this reporting. 


Join us in person at the Institut Français in Amman (Registration only) , or join the debate online here , on 08th March from  4 pm to 8 pm- Amman Time.

Event Schedule

  • HERSTORY Exhibition | Stories about HER from Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine) 3:00 pm

  • Opening | A Word from Alexis Le Cour Grandmaison, The French ambassador

  • Panel discussion#1Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: Empowering Women in Social Media and Tech, Addressing Gender Bias, Tackling Algorithmic Discrimination, and Navigating Online Communities, with: Maher Nammari, digital marketing professional specialized in digital performance growth hacking, Rana Sweis, Founder and Director of Wish Box Media, Ala Hamdan, influencer, filmmaker and visual storyteller, Deeb Ghanma, digital marketing specialist (Facebook ADS | Google ADS | Sales funnels | Lead Gen | SEO | Social Media Marketing | Youtube Optimization). Moderator: Laila Khaled

  • Panel discussion#2 Breaking News: Women’s Voices and Perspectives in Middle Eastern Online and Social Media, with: Tala Al-Sharif, Founder and Director of Female Chimeras, Jala Abu Arab, Editor-in-Chief of ‎Dooz Nablus, Alia Awada, Co-Founder & Managing Director of NO2TA the Feminist Lab, Istabraq Al-Zubaidi, Founder of Sharq Al-Iraq.Moderator: Mohammad Shamma
  • The digital Clinic | by Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism

  • Closing and announcement of the Qarib Journalism Award, by CFI Deputy Director Alan Dreanic and Qarib Program Director Henrik Ahrens


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