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Workshops 2021

Theme and Focus

In 2021, three workshops were held in March, July, and September. Two of the workshops took place online (#Corona) and dealt with the topics of environment and gender. Our last workshop on power dynamics was finally held offline in Albania.

First Workshop: Environment

Especially in the first workshop we spent a lot of time and methods to make the group feel connected despite the online format. Online formats are very difficult to implement – shorter attention spans, sometimes poor internet connections and not all of us are IT nerds who understand all the tools equally. With interactive methods, we still managed to get our participants excited and create a sense of togetherness.

Our Experts


Kim Fox

Kim Fox is a professor of practice in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JRMC) at The American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt. She is the founder of the PodFest Cairo, Egypt’s first podcasting conference.


Leila Yassine

Leila Yassine is an experienced environmental activist by heart, working as senior advocacy officer at the Rainforest Alliance in the Netherlands since 2019. She has already worked for Greenpeace in Lebanon and the Climate Action Network International.


Safaa Al Jayoussi

Safa’ Al Jayoussi created and implemented major campaigns in the region and founded many networks and coalitions that serve different causes. In her work she has engaged in climate change negotiations since 2008 as an official climate change negotiations observer under the UNFCCC.

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Second Workshop: Gender

One of our methods is peer-to-peer exchange. Therefore, part of our second workshop was a bar camp where our participants could offer their own sessions. Eight participants in teams or alone offered sessions on urban space, female and male stereotypes, art and culture in media, podcasting on sensitive issues, and the concept of gender.

We were impressed by the knowledge and touched by the very personal experiences that many of our participants shared.

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Our Experts

In addition, we also had experts from different local NGO’s.


Sonia Terrab

Sonia Terrab initiated Moroccan Outlaws (Collective 490), an organization focused on the rights of youth, women, and the LGBT+ community which has a very powerful social media community.

Ahlem Bousserwel

Ahlem Bousserwel

Ahlem Bousserwel has, due to several years of experience in working on women’s rights and gender issues in Tunisia and Libya, a strong knowledge of women rights NGO’s in the WANA Region.

Anass Bendrif

Anass Bendrif is a journalist and media trainer with many years of experience.


Asmaa Samira

Asmaa Samira’s voice is widely known in the WANA region as the dubbing voice from countless animation and cartoon movies.

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Third Workshop: Power Dynamics

The WANA region was significantly shaped by colonialism, so in the third workshop, we looked at post-colonial structures. With ten people on the ground in Albania’s capital Tirana and eight people online, we started off in our hybrid workshop. We also worked with the local organization Tek Bunkeri. Together with Albanian activists, there was a lot of space for exchange and discussion.

Our Experts


May El-Hosseiny

May El-Hosseiny is a specialized writer and trainer in sexuality, sexual and reproductive health and rights.


Rasha Al-Deeb

Rasha Aldeeb delivered a workshop about podcast marketing and how important a strategic setup is. We had a very interesting discussion about platforms, concepts, and monetization.

Eysan Rebwar

Eyşan Rebwar has been involved in postcolonial work in Germany for many years. As chair of the association dis:orient, she worked on postcolonial perspectives in German media and formats.

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In 2021, we were thrilled to receive 413 applications for our workshops from across West Asia and North Africa. We had the opportunity to grant scholarships to 18 skilled participants from Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Palestine, Germany, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt and Libya. Each of our scholars brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise, united by their shared enthusiasm for podcasts and podcasting. In addition to podcasting, our scholars possess a wide array of interests, skills, and hidden talents. Get to know them better by visiting their profiles here!
Postcolonial: “Post” means “after”.

Post-colonial with a hyphen (-): The term describes the world order after (= post) and influenced by the era of colonialism.

Postcolonial without a hyphen (-): The term describes an emancipatory discourse that aims to overcome post-colonial order, which means to get rid of colonial heritage and thought patterns.