“Our Role towards the ‘Arab Spring’” Activists Regional Event – Cairo, Egypt - July 2011
This Activists 2nd event built on the 1st event’s experience and recommendations. Thirty-seven (37) activists between the ages of 21 and 35 attended the event representing eight Arab Countries: Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Bahrain. The participants came with diverse backgrounds; university students, development practitioners, artists, IT specialists, Journalists, bloggers, and others; they ranged between secular and moderately religious while carrying diverse views that mostly ranged between socialists, liberal and leftists.
The event tackled a number of relevant themes amongst them was “the role of young activists and practitioners in popular movements – development vs. politics - during and in the aftermath of the revolution/uprisings. To enrich the discussion and through taking a further advantage of being in Cairo, a number of host speakers – leading activist and experts on the ground – were invited to initiate the discussion on each of themes through presenting and reflecting the Egypt ‘current’ experience and facilitating the discussion.
Being the 2nd Event, Cairo event’s participants were partially of those attended Amman Event in April 2012; a great value added for them (and the new ones) to further enhance their learning and linkages across the region.