A video dialogue program for young women in the USA and Muslim countries
September 25th, 2006 at 7:52 am
Posted by Zia in Planning

There will be a Wednesday evening orientation via conference call for all the new SIPA participants joining us, as well as the Woodhull alums who could not make the in-person discussion. We’ll be going through program logistics, as well as talking a bit about some key themes in Tunisia.


September 22nd, 2006 at 7:52 am
Posted by Zia in Planning

Welcome, SIPA students - we’re excited to be inviting participants from Columbia to the program. We’ve got a great group from Woodhull involved and are looking forward to expanding our group!


September 20th, 2006 at 7:51 am
Posted by Zia in Planning

Getting there slowly. Ramadan begins on September 24th - our first videoconference session should be later that week or sometime the following week.


September 18th, 2006 at 7:50 am
Posted by Zia in Planning

We made the connection. Today was the trial run between the facilities in NYC and Tunisia. The connection only worked when they initiated the call on their end in Gabes, but we had no problem seeing him and the quality of the video was far better than I’d expected.

Below, testing the equipment this morning.


September 17th, 2006 at 7:44 am
Posted by Zia in Sessions, Planning

Welcome to 12 Hours of Dialogue. With just a few weeks left before the first session, it seemed a good time to start documenting the program in its pre-launch stage.

The program will enable a dialogue between young women in the United States and in North Africa and the Middle East via videoconference. Conversations will take for an hour every other week. In the United States, our initial group will involve young women from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and graduates of the Woodhull Institute. We will be engaging in a dialogue with young women at the University of Gabes in southern Tunisia. Topics will range from student life to women’s rights to global environmental issues.

Women’s roles differ in every society, but women around the globe share many of the same concerns and challenges. 12 Hours of Dialogue seeks to build on these common challenges to give participants a deep appreciation for the ideas and viewpoints of the others in the program, and to enable the young women to build on this foundation as they move ahead in their personal and professional lives. Stay tuned.