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Observing Highlights:

 5 Amazing Female Engineers That Time Forgot

Throughout history, women have contributed to science and engineering, and made our lives better. Oftentimes, you never hear about their amazing accomplishments.

Here are just a few little-known women with impressive scientific accomplishments and how they helped change the world:
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 Merging Wisdoms

A new book by Dr. Fariba Rofougaran _ The Three Forces & You: The Most Fundamental Personality Typology _ ties in Persian Sufis, Yoga, globalism, and feminist theory to offer the “3F personality typology”.

A book signing event in Los Angeles provided opportunity for Eclectic Women's editor, Dr. Pari Esfandiari to have a conversation with her.
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 She Who Tells a Story

“She Who Tells a Story,” a photo exhibit now showing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and headed to other U.S. museums, features the work of 12 women from the Middle East who shatter stereotypes with works that are provocative, beautiful, mysterious, and surprising, all at the same time. Read More

 Fellowship Opportunity

Hands Along the Nile Development Services (HANDS), in cooperation with the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), is accepting applications for US exchange and fellowship opportunity for mid –level professionals engaged with non-governmental, private or governmental organizations and institutions dedicated to promoting the economic empowerment of women, as well as female business owners. The program will take place in the United States from October 11 – November 8, 2014.

  Women PeaceMakers And Peace Writer

Call For Applications: The Women PeaceMakers Program documents the stories and best practices of international women leaders who are involved in human rights and peacemaking efforts in their home countries.

Application deadline for Women PeaceMakers is May 15, 2014
Application deadline for Peace Writers is May 30, 2014
To read more about the program's content and qualifications for applicants,click here.


  Images reveal abuse in Afghan election

Reporter: Shahzoda Nazarova

Social media played a critical role in the Afghan presidential election. Twitter and Facebook were particularly popular.

Citizens who felt their view were not reflected by media, used these mediums to express their views. Others used the space to criticize the system. Finally, images to discredit the election as corrupt were plentiful.


 Iranian teen painters to help cancer patients

Iranian children will participate in an exhibition to sell their paintings to help cancer patients of MAHAK institute. 57 paintings by young painters will be displayed on this exhibition. The exhibition will open on April 17 at MAHAK institute and it is free for public to visit. MAHAK institute is a hospital and rehabilitation complex and a pediatric cancer research and hospital center built and organized by Mahak charity. The 120-bedroom complex specializes in the treatment and rehabilitation of children and providing support to their families during treatment.

 The Paradox of a Female Artist in Exile

Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat explores the paradox of being an artist in exile: a voice for her people, but unable to go home. In her work, she explores Iran pre- and post-Islamic Revolution, tracing political and societal change through powerful images of women. Shirin Neshat has lived much of her life outside her native Iran. Her photographs and films offer a glimpse of the cultural, religious and political realities that shape the identities of Muslim women worldwide. Read More

 Europe on Gender Equality & Media

Draft Recommendation: "GENDER EQUALITY IS A CONDITION FOR THE FULL ENJOYMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS. The enjoyment of the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights and in its protocols should be safeguarded without any discrimination, including on grounds of sex. This exigency is strengthened by Protocol No. 12 to the Convention, which guarantees the enjoyment of any right recognised by law without discrimination.  Read More

Muslim Women in Media

Muslim Women in Spain and Latin America as Imports of a “Worse” Patriarchy
In the past few days, the Spanish media has been reporting on the case of a Moroccan woman in Spain who was bitten by her husband for refusing to wear hijab. The case of the unnamed woman has surprisingly made it to the media, where the other 36% of the domestic violence cases involving immigrants are never reported. Read More


Film it, and they will come

Shy is probably not an adjective you would use to describe Al Khaja. As the UAE’s first ever female filmmaker, the diminutive Emirati has encountered plenty of prejudice, partly because of her sex, and partly due to her willingness to tackle taboo subjects. Read More


Happy International Women's Day

Whether marked by demonstrations or celebrated at luncheons and concert halls, it always remained focused on the advancement of women and the stamping out of the last   vestige of female dehumanization.