First published on 9 Nov 2012. Updated on 11 Nov 2012.
Writers everywhere, get your pens ready for this Arab Spring inspired writing competition with a feminine touch. Based in Egypt, one Arab Spring hotspot and the scene of a subsequent revolution, The Forgotten Writers’ Foundation is hosting its second writing competition with the theme of ‘Women’s Domination’.
The Forgotten Writers’ Foundation was founded to show the world Egyptian and Arab literature, with the aim of creating a cultural bridge between the East and West through writing. The foundation aims to help the art scene grow, as well as teach tolerance. ‘The point behind this competition is to be democratic and accept all kinds of beliefs and sects,’ says founder Mahmoud Mansi, who believes that the art world can empower the Arab world to tackle subjects that are often taboo.
With many worried about the role of women in the region after the rise of more religious parties in the wake of the Arab Spring, the foundation decided to add the element of female power to the mix. Launched on March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day, the competition is open to all people from around the world to convey their perspective on women’s roles. ‘”Women’s Domination” is a chance to apply democracy through literature, as many individuals perceive the idea of a dominant and powerful woman in their society in a distinctive way.
Some can view it as a threat, for instance, and some would strongly believe in it,’ says Mansi. The competition is free to enter, and winning entries will be included in a book the foundation plans to publish.
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