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On this 3rd May 2021, the international Day for Press Freedom, we as partners of the AREACORE network are happy to launch the Prize for Gender and Intersectional Justice in honor of Lina ben Mhenni.
As an activist during the Arab Spring and a woman’s rights advocate, Lina Ben Mhenni’s activism reflected a commitment to intersectional justice -demonstrated for instance through her involvement in reporting human rights abuses during the regime of ben Ali, but also through her role during the uprisings in Tunisia 2010/2011 and her struggle for transitional and inclusive justice since then. As someone who saw the potential of mobilizing the possibilities of digital media to connect to the Tunisian youth and spread a call for democratization, justice, dignity, and equality, her voice resonated with activists, students and journalists alike. She later came to symbolize a cultural icon of hope transgressing national borders. Her book “get connected”, where she reiterates the uprisings and her engagement in the public sphere documents important shifts in journalism practices.
This call aims to honor Lina Ben Mhenni’s engagement and legacy as a blogger, activist and academic and aims to function as a starting point to generate different readings of Ben Mhenni’s contributions for justice.
The prize shall be awarding projects in the field of media and communication studies and journalism studies direction that mirror her engagement and show directions her all to short life can point us towards in the future.
The committee members:
Inas Abouyoussef (Ahram Canadian University in Cairo, Egypt)
Hamida el Bour (Manouba University, Tunisia)
Kenza Oumlil (Al Akhawayn University, Morocco)
Nibal Thawabteh (Birzeit University, Paelstine)
Abdulrahman al Shami (Qatar University, Qatar)
Anna Antonakis (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)