PeaceWoman of the Month
Fawzia Talout Meknassi is a Moroccan journalist and communications expert. She created the first Moroccan women’s magazine „Farah Magazine“, and works as its director until today: „To be a journalist, I believe, is to be part of society. For me, knowing the world leads to pluralism, respect of others opinions and tolerance.” In this spirit, she supported the regional dialogue forums on women’s political participation organized by PWAG last year in Egypt. During workshops she taught the participants how to enhance their communications skills.
More rights for craftswomen
Besides her media work, Fawzia campaigns for creating women’s networks, and women’s rights in general: she is a founding member of the council of Arab women entrepreneurs and the Network of Women Journalists of the Mediterranean. One of her last projects is directed to Moroccan craftswomen. They weave carpets, baskets and make pottery, and play a fundamental part in the Moroccan economy. However, they lack recognition and political say, and decisions are often made over their heads. Fawzia therefore wants to organize, together with PWAG, similar dialogue forums on women’s political participation in Morocco as organized previously in Egypt.