Last month Hivos organized the third edition of its Coworking Summit, an annual gathering for founders and managers of creative hubs, coworking, hacker, maker, and art spaces. This year marked a special edition, as Hivos decided to join forces with Afrilabs, bringing together more than 40 hubs from all over Africa.
Hivos seeks concept notes from collectives, creative hubs and groups of content creators in the audio-visual sector in order to encourage the production of more independent work and content and to support those initiatives to become more independent, self-sufficient and to reach larger audiences. This open call is directed to initiatives that are currently based in Morocco.
On September 22, websites of international NGOs and regional and local organizations all over the world turned their home pages blank. So did Hivos. We were protesting against the oppression of active citizens and organizations who want their voices to be heard, who want to gather or demonstrate peacefully. We went silent in solidarity with those who have been silenced against their will.
Today, women in Lebanon are fighting for equal access to opportunities and rights without prejudice against their gender, their expectations and their careers. This fight requires attention for and analysis of the deep-rooted patriarchal structures that by their very nature exclude women.