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Hibaaq Osman
Somali-born Hibaaq Osman has lived in Cairo since 2005. A global political strategist, she leads three regional non-governmental organizations: Karama, the Dignity Fund and the ThinkTank for Arab Women. She serves on the boards of a number of organizations, including Ashoka Arab World, and is a member of the Expert Committee for Peace and Secuirty at the League of Arab States.

Entries by Hibaaq Osman

Tears of Defiance, Resilience and Courage: Through It All, Somalia Will Rise

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 5:32 PM

Last week, I could only watch on television news as soldiers herded scores of my countrymen on to trucks like livestock, to be driven to detention centers. Women carrying babies struggled to climb onto the cumbersome vehicles, built not for carrying humans but cargo and commodities. Soldiers "helped" some of...

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First person: The 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 5:43 PM

For two weeks last month, women's groups from across the world met in New York to discuss what 21st century international development has done for women at the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). In one of the lighter moments of the discussions,...

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Silence Isn't Conservative: Speaking Up for Women's Rights

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 2:51 PM

NEW YORK, NY -- As thousands of women from all over the world gather at the United Nations in New York this week to mark the 57th anniversary of the Commission of the Status of Women [CSW], also attending will be some conservative NGOs who's rhetoric is damaging, unproductive and...

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Libya: A Platform for Peace -- Benghazi and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 5:18 PM

With the eyes of the U.S. media and lawmakers on Capitol Hill focusing on Thursday's hearing into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi which claimed the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens, I find myself in Tripoli for a three-day conference titled, "Libya Platform Peace: National Reconciliation, Security and...

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What Assad Doesn't Want You to Hear: Syrian Women's Voices

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 1:11 PM

Cairo, Egypt -- It's been nearly two years since Syria's dictator Bashar al Assad began his brutal assault on hundreds of thousands of people in Syria, a country of over 20 million people. Since the Arab uprisings began, women from Damascus to Aleppo have played a critical role in trying...

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The Burqa That We Are All Wearing

(77) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 7:31 PM

In 2011, France campaigned to ban niqabs -- face veils worn by Muslim women -- in an effort that center-right President Nicolas Sarkozy said was critical in ensuring women's rights. Much debated and contested, the veil ban -- which affected only 2,000 women out of 5 to 6...

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1325: Why These Numbers Matter

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 1:50 PM

Brussels, Belgium -- In today's so called 'digital' world, it occurred to me that there are four truly important digits that should be at the forefront of everyone's mind. Those for digits are 1325. They have almost become part of my everyday vocabulary, and here's why.

Every day I wake...

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Arab Women Shaping the Future -- Now, More Than Ever

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 4:22 PM

As the world marks International Women's Day this week, it's time to look ahead to the critical role women in the Arab world are playing in framing their futures, and that of the region's future after last year's Arab Spring. It seems somewhat ironic that given women are over 50...

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Women Leading the Way in Yemen

(7) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 10:31 PM

Glued simultaneously to the TV, Blackberry, laptop, and my own windows, I watched Arab politics come back to life just a few short weeks ago. As someone who has devoted her life to promoting women's human rights and political participation, I continue to rejoice at the role women are playing...

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