A video dialogue program for young women in the USA and Muslim countries
April 25th, 2007 at 8:43 am
Posted by Zia in Participant contributions

Just to clarify my previous post: it’s the students in Gabes themselves who have been filming the video clips for the site. A big thank you to all of you for taking the time to record your thoughts on the program!

April 23rd, 2007 at 9:08 pm
Posted by Zia in Participant contributions

Hajer, one of the two wonderful 12 Hours coordinators in Tunisia, had the great idea to ask the participants in Gabes to give their thoughts on on the program via video. I’ll be adding all of these video clips to the feedback section of the site (along with some written comments and thoughts from the US participants, as well).

I’ve posted a couple of video clips; stay tuned for more.

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.”

November 16th, 2006 at 8:58 pm
Posted by Zia in Participant contributions

Have a look at the updated information on our participants from the US and from Tunisia.

November 10th, 2006 at 2:45 pm
Posted by Zia in Participant contributions

Also, thanks to Ines for forwarding along the following links to Arab music:


November 1st, 2006 at 5:24 am
Posted by Zia in Participant contributions

Two quick thoughts on the value videoconferencing has added to our sessions:
The visual element. While the Internet itself provides an unprecedented platform for connecting people around the globe, what’s been amazing is how important we’ve found the additional visual contact to be in helping to build relationships across our two cultures. Several of the US participants have commented on how critical body language has been to understanding the women in Tunisia – it makes an enormous difference seeing what makes them laugh, what doesn’t seem to resonate, and how they engage with their friends and colleagues in Gabes. Indeed, observing the reactions and interactions of our counterparts has probably been as eye-opening as the conversation itself.
The “home” factor. Videoconferencing also affords a unique situation in that participants are taking part where they feel most at ease, that is, in their home environments. The participants have felt free to speak freely – there’s no concern about saying things that might put them in an uncomfortable situation. It’s enabled us to broach subjects in a completely open manner, and tackle subjects that might take a while to reach in the course of a traditional, in-person conversation. 

October 28th, 2006 at 3:03 pm
Posted by Zia in Participant contributions

I’ve received feedback on the program from some of our participants - you can read their comments here. If anyone else has thoughts on the program or suggestions for improving it, by all means let me know. Also new on the site today: some profiles of our participants from Tunisia.