Knowledge Hub on Gender and Sexuality in Egypt

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The first specialized gender & sexuality hub in Egypt that produces different knowledge types.
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Campaign successfully funded on: 09 Dec,2015

This project has been successfully funded with $7,203 (120%)

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 Who we are?
Ikhtyar "Choice" for Gender studies and Research is a feminist collective launched by a group of feminist men and women hoping to achieve gender equality in Egypt. It is an innovative syndicate powered by gender research and interactive learning. 

"We believe that producing knowledge in Arabic, whether written, performed or audio knowledge, is essential for a strong gender equality movement in Egypt."


Feminist Collective? 
We are group of Feminist women and men who are working toward a common goal of creating knowledge and artistic productions in Arabic about gender in Egypt. We don't have a hierarchy in its traditional form, every one of the collective lead a different project with the support of the rest of the team, So technically all the team are leaders, Co-workers and report to one another. The diversity of the team skills and experiences helped Ikhtyar to expand in Cairo and Upper Egypt quickly and in a way faster and more efficient than frame of normal organizational hierarchy would grant us.


Ikhtyar conducts research, produce stimulating online publications in Arabic, hold feminist reading groups, a monthly gathering called Kalam in Abassiya "Abassiya Talks" as well as weekly rounds of Gender Studies Seminars hosting speakers introducing interrelated topics such as gender and development, gender and arts among others, discussed from a feminist perspective. They told us they "tackle different subjects that reflect on analytical gender and feminist perspectives to stimulate discussion.


How do we see knowledge production?
As a collective we see knowledge in different ways; we produce written researches, academic papers, Translations of feminist writer's work, gender seminars and academic talks, but also see art productions about gender and sexuality as a knowledge production not as a tool of campaigning.

So we produce theatre productions in Upper Egypt, we focus on film screening and we are planning to include more types of arts in the near future as well. 


Why do we focus on knowledge production in Arabic?

Most of produced knowledge about gender and sexuality is not written in Arabic, and usually not “by” us but “about” us, most of the available publications has been produced in other languages first and then translated to Arabic in a later stage, mostly outdated and speaking to an audience that is not native Arabic speakers. We want to change this.


Our Space in Abassiya

The Abassiya office is open for public activities to create a platform where researchers as well as activists and interested individuals can meet and exchange views and ideas.

Abassiya is a neighborhood in Cairo which was not exposed to any of the work of active groups or NGOs which is mostly are centralized around downtown area.



Our work in Upper Egypt
Ikhtyar collaborates with youth groups in the governorates, to produce theatre performances illustrating the obstacles young women face in rural areas such as freedom of mobility and access to education among other issues, with more programs in the works and on their fervently active agenda.



What We Need & What You Get 
The $12,000 will help to sustain our activities in Cairo and in Upper Egypt for a year. 

1) 8,000$ Rent and utilities for Abassiya office for a year, Which will help us:

a) Hold 3 rounds of gender Seminars.
Average of 60 young women and men.

b) Hold more than 20 film screenings and discussions that tackle gender and sexuality and it's relationship to personal lives. 
Average of 800 Seats for the all the screenings.

c) 12 open research discussions. "Talks in Abassiya

d) Provide open feminist space for everyone in Abassiya.


2) 3,700$

a). 1 Theatre production in Upper Egypt.
Average 700 Attendees for the performance.
Training 12 Actresses/Actors from Upper Egypt.

b). 200 Books for Ikhtyar open library. 


3) 300$
Perks

The Impact 
By helping Ikhtyar to reach it's goal of sustaining gender and sexuality knowledge hub in Egypt, you are allowing the production of knowledge about gender and sexuality in different forms (Written, visual and performative), and as we believe through knowledge potential and choice are granted. 

Your donation will help fight for the choice through:

1- Sustaining Ikhtyar to continue working for a year. 

2- Providing an inclusive feminist space.
3- Providing a gender active education through gender seminars to 80 young women and women.
4- Providing more than 20 Screenings to create an open discussions about gender and sexuality. 
5- Helping to make books about gender and sexuality accessible to readers, researchers and knowledge seekers.
6- Produce a theatre play, written and directed by young women and men from Upper Egypt Tackling gender and sexuality from their own perspective. 


Other Ways You Can Help 
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In 2015, we have issued our first feminist periodical, a research on women voting patterns in Egypt and we are working on launching a campaign advocating for women bodily integrity in the last quarter of the year. We held several…

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