A video dialogue program for young women in the USA and Muslim countries
April 19th, 2007 at 9:50 am
Posted by Zia in Tunisia, Participant contributions

Fethia Harrouchi, one of our two fantastic coordinators in Gabes, forwarded along the following today for the site:

“Really it’s a pity that the program was over on 12 April, 2007. It was actually a terrific program during which female participants on both sides, Tunisia and America, exchanged different opinions while rising cultural and everyday aspects.
I would like to thank Zia Daniell Wigder for her collaboration, the big efforts she made to target the success of the program and the precious experience she provided us with.  
Many thanks to Mr. Karim Hamdy who granted us with the golden opportunity of knowing Zia, who enabled us to participate in the 12 Hours of Dialogue Project. I really appreciate his continuous efforts of finding up to date ideas and programs.  
Special thanks to Gabes University members: Mr. Mabrouk Montacer, Gabes University President, who welcomed and stimulated the program perpetually, Mr. Abderrazak Souai, International Relations Manager, who has never stopped  encouraging us, troubleshooting many difficulties and providing us with precious thoughts; and Miss Karima Khchini, the dynamic journalist, who usually has her mind set on opting for the greatest decisions, selecting the best ideas and issuing different articles.
Lots of thanks to the Director of the Higher Institute of Management, Mr Said Dhifallah, for his agreement on the program.
Distinct thanks to the very kind, helpful, outstanding technical engineer, Mr. Malek Zammouri, for assuming the responsibility of the technical system. He is really great and assiduous.
A bunch of thanks to Mr. Said Khalfalli, Higher Institute of Languages Secretary General, for his self-motivation and help.
Congratulations for Gabes participants for their fluency, helpfulness and patience. Thanks for leading the program to such a success. I wish them all the best.
Many thanks to the kind, cheerful New York participants who provide us with the nice occasion of communicating with them as English speakers.

Last but not least, I want to thank my colleague and program coordinator, Miss Hajer Ghaffari, for her assiduity and unceasing help.”

January 11th, 2007 at 11:21 am
Posted by Zia in Tunisia

One of the students I met at the Oregon State University program in Tunisia has forwarded along some great photographs he took this fall. Click here for more. 



December 8th, 2006 at 12:34 pm
Posted by Zia in Sessions, Tunisia

A great conversation, including discussion about what statement women make with their clothing, how society values inner vs. outer beauty and how advertising affects women’s self-image. A full summary soon. For now, a picture sent from Hajer from last week’s session in Gabes.

December 3rd, 2006 at 8:27 pm
Posted by Zia in Tunisia

Arrived back in New York last night after a great (if too short) trip to Tunis and Gabes. The trip included several meetings in Tunis, an interview on the English-language hour of Radio Tunis and a couple of days with our program coodinators and participants in Gabes.

An enormous thanks to everyone in Tunisia - especially Karim, Laura, Hajer and Fethia - for making it such a wonderful experience.

Street scene in Tunis in between meetings

Together with Hajer and Fethia at the market in Gabes

November 30th, 2006 at 2:26 pm
Posted by Zia in Tunisia

Subejct of today’s session: Food and cooking. A full write-up and pictures of the session to come. In the meantime, one quick shot with some of the participants in Gabes:


November 22nd, 2006 at 2:34 pm
Posted by Zia in Tunisia

Posting will be light for the next few days until I arrive in Tunis on Monday. Happy holidays - stay tuned for news from Gabes next week!