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WE-NATO: Ms. Zeinab Hibaaq Osman (Founder and CEO of Karama, Somalia)

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Published on Apr 5, 2012

In this brief interview Ms. Hibaaq Osman discusses the importance of women in the Arab Spring. She also touches upon how the Arab uprisings would not have been as effective if women had not played a major role. The uprisings spurred women to take to the streets and help organise rallies via social media tools, something they continue to do.

Ms. Osman also raises concerns regarding the aftermath of the Arab Spring and the apparent resurgence of conservatism sweeping countries like Egypt. She mentions that some leaders are now trying to hijack the progress which was made during the uprisings and leaving women behind.

Lastly, she discusses NATO's relationship with women, calling for NATO to better reach out and build a relationships with women and local communities. When the men go of to war it is the women who are left in behind in charge of the households, needing a different kind of security and access to education, healthcare and job training.

She concludes by saying that the narrative of security needs to change when trying to build a strong relationship between NATO and women across the world. NATO Homepage: http://www.nato.int

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