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Hijra Communities in Mumbai 3
Mumbai, India
By Alison McCauley
01 Feb 2014

A Hijra walks past a bus loaded with curious on-lookers during Mumbai's gay pride march.

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Egypt's unemployment rate jumped to 1...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
03 May 2013

Egypt's unemployment rate increased to 12.7% in 2012, up from 12% in 2011, and 9% in 2010, according to a report released by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

This brings the total number of unemployed to 3.4 million, up from 3.1 million in 2011, an increase of 242,000 people.

Particularly, the unemployment rate was 42.7 percent among young people between 20 and 24 years old and was 23 percent among those between 25 and 29 in that year.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Ahmed Bahaa El-Din Shaaban, member of both the ‎National Association for Change reform movement and ‎Egypt's Socialist Party:

The number of those employed in 2012 was 23.6 million workers; also there were only about 4.7 million working women in Egypt in 2012, according to the figures.

CAPMAS attributed the increase to the circumstances in Egypt following the 25 January Revolution and the ensuing events “that resulted in a slowdown in economic activities during this period.

These data show the need to embark on an economic reform program that prevents the government from relying on foreign aid, loans and deposits in order to provide the resources.

SOUNDBIDTE 2 (Arabic) – Haytham Mohamadeen, member of the political bureau of the revolutionary socialists:

On the other hand, hundreds of workers marked the Labour Day with marches and protests to voice their discontent with the unfulfilled longstanding demands of workers even after the revolution.

Among these demands are the implementation of minimum wage, independent and representative syndicates for workers, and putting an end to legislation that harms the labour movement.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: Archive except the soundbites
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 2, 2013
Length: 00:02:11
Video Size: 107 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of youth at the universities (Archive)
  2. Various shots of people seating in cafes downtown Cairo (Archive)
  3. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Ahmed Bahaa El-Din Shaaban, member of both the ‎National Association for Change reform
  4. Various shots of workers preparing materials and working women inside the factories (Archive)
  5. SOUNDBIDTE 2 (Arabic) – Haytham Mohamadeen, member of the political bureau of the revolutionary socialists:
  6. Various shots of protestors raising banners and poster of former president Gamal Abdel Nasser during a protest marking the Labour Day, downtown Cairo (Archive May: 1)
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FATA Lawyers Press for Reform ( 7 of 7)
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
27 Apr 2013

April 27, 2013 -Peshawar, Pakistan.
The Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, and other guests attend a forum organized by FATA lawyers pressing for reforms in the troubled tribal areas of Pakistan

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FATA Lawyers Press for Reform ( 6 of...
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
27 Apr 2013

April 27, 2013 -Peshawar, Pakistan.
The Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, and other guests attend a forum organized by FATA lawyers pressing for reforms in the troubled tribal areas of Pakistan

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FATA Lawyers Press for Reform ( 4 of...
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
27 Apr 2013

April 27, 2013 -Peshawar, Pakistan.
The Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, and other guests attend a forum organized by FATA lawyers pressing for reforms in the troubled tribal areas of Pakistan.

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FATA Lawyers Press for Reform ( 3 of...
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
27 Apr 2013

April 27, 2013 -Peshawar, Pakistan.
The Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, and other guests attend a forum organized by FATA lawyers pressing for reforms in the troubled tribal areas of Pakistan.

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FATA Lawyers Press for Reform ( 2 of...
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
26 Apr 2013

April 27, 2013 - Peshawar, Pakistan. The Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, and other guests attend a forum organized by FATA lawyers pressing for reforms in the troubled tribal areas of Pakistan.

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FATA Lawyers Press for Reform ( 1 of...
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
26 Apr 2013

April 27, 2013 - Peshawar, Pakistan. The Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, and other guests attend a forum organized by FATA lawyers pressing for reforms in the troubled tribal areas of Pakistan.

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Hundreds Of Protesters In Tahrir Squa...
Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
03 Nov 2012

Hundreds of Islamist supporters gathered on Friday, November 2, at Iconic Tahrir Square, for a preliminary demonstration calling for the implementation of Sharia (Islamic law) in Egypt’s new constitution.
Protestors chanted statements calling for the implementation of the Islamic law like “No democracy, no liberalism, only Sharia.”
Protesters said "We are here to tell the Constituent Assembly which is tasked with drafting Egypt’s new constitution that Egypt is an Islamic country."
They are also calling for Sharia to become the only source of legislation.
A stage was set in the square with speakers calling for the application of Islamic Sharia in an attempt to mount the pressure on the Constituent Assembly.
A mass rally is scheduled for 9 November by a group of Islamist forces to reinforce their demand.
Several Islamist political groups, including Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya, the Freedom and Justice Party and Al-Dawa Al-Salafiya have announced that they will form a coalition of political parties and Islamic forces to ensure that Egypt's new constitution is shaped in accordance with Islamic Sharia law, as they said they will organize a protest on November 2 to press for their cause.
However, the Islamist coalition agreed to postpone Friday's planned protests, which had been planned under the slogan "Demanding the application of Sharia in the constitution," until they are able to rally more people for their cause.

Story: Hundreds of protesters in Tahrir demand implementation of Islamic Sharia Law
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 2, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 2, 2012
Length: 0:01:44
Video Size: 85.9 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of hundreds of protestors at Tahrir Square standing around stage set on the square and listening to one of the speakers one of the protestors waving with a flag
  2. Medium shot of a speaker on the stage addressing the protestors
  3. Various shots of protestors raising flags and listening to the speaker at Tahrir Square
  4. Close up shot of one of Spokesman for the Salafi Group Dr. Hesham Kamal addressing the protestors at Tahrir square
  5. Medium shot of protestors at Tahrir Square
  6. SOUDNBITE 1
  7. SOUNDBITE 2
  8. Pan right shot of protestors at Tahrir square, Islamic songs heard in the background
  9. Medium shot of protestor raising a banner calling for the implementation of the Islamic sharia law
  10. Various shots of protestors raising banners and waving with flags, Islamic songs playing in the background
  11. Medium shot of a man raising a banner calling for the resignation of the general prosecutor
  12. Wide shot of protestors at Tahrir square
  13. Zoom in shot of protestors marching at Tahrior square and shouting for the implementation of the Islamic sharia law
  14. Various shots of protestors at Tahrir square
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New Edict Threatens Progress for Afgh...
Afghanistan
By sarakeawal
19 Apr 2012

Storyline: One of the most significant achievements of the new era in Afghanistan, after the fall of the Taliban, is in new freedoms for Afghan women. They are allowed to work in public, go to school, and participate in the political sphere-- something they were not allowed to do under the Taliban. However, the Afghan Religious Council, composed of hard-line religious leaders, has recently issued a new edict that calls women second-class citizens and prohibits them from traveling without the escort of a Mahram [male family member]. The edict was endorsed by the president, and has the potential of becoming law. Many people believe the Afghan government aims to woo the Taliban into peace talks by crafting and endorsing such a controversial mandate. The law has faced widespread resentment by Afghan women activists and Afghanistan’s civil society, putting pressure on the religious council and Ulema to revoke their edict.

Yalda Samih is young girl, her family lives in Kandahar province but Yalda lives in Kabul because she studies at the American University of Afghanistan.
Soundbite-1 Translation: Yalda Samih Student living in dorm: "it's very difficult for a girl to refrain from traveling unless she has a male chaperon, because not everyone has many brothers, or a father to accompany her everywhere. if it happens (the edict becomes a law), then we will face a lot of difficulties."
According to women activists in Kabul this is an unrealistic and unenforceable law for the citizens of Afghanistan.

Arezo Omid is a young woman activist who works with Young Women for Change, an organization of young women activists who advocate for women's rights. She says the law is unrealistic, and cannot be imposed on women in Afghanistan.
Soundbite-2 Translation: Arezo Omid (1:00-1:17): "I was very disappointed about this edict of Ulema council, because we are not rich people to have a male company accompany us during our trips outside the country. it's very difficult for those people who don't have a Mahram."

Soundbite-3 Translation: Yalda Samih (1:17-1:32): "if this edict becomes a law, I have to leave university. because I don't have anyone to come with me and live in the dorm. my father is responsible for the rest of the family, and I have a younger brother, who is studying school in Kandahar. So I would have to leave university.

Enayatullah Baligh a member of Islamic Ulema Council rejects Yalda's claim about the edict.
Soundbite-4 Translation: Enayatullah Baligh Member of Islamic Ulema councils: "Find a husband. find yourself a Mahram (male chaperon), these are all childish words."

Sounbite-5 Translation: Yalda samih (1:42-1:55): "I think it is impossible, because around 1.5 million widows live in Afghanistan. this edict also questions women's freedom. those who want to study can't get married and study. it is impossible."

Sounbite-6 Translation: Arezo Omid (1:56-2:05): "I personally think the government wants to get Taliban closer. If the Taliban come back to power, we will do the same thing we did last time and leave the country for the Taliban and immigrate to other countries"

Soundbite-7 Translation: Enayatullah Baligh (2:07-2:14): "When they say, 'we got closer to the Taliban because we are scared of the Taliban,' it's totally wrong. We are not scared of the Taliban, it is the issue of religion."

Sounbite-8 Translation: Arezo Omid (2:15-2:21): "the problem is that high ranking government officials support these edicts."

Sounbite-9 Translation: Enayatullah Baligh (2:23-2:44): "This edict does not need to be passed, it's a matter of religion. It is higher than the Constitution of Afghanistan, because the Afghanistan constitution states that no law is above the Islamic law. They must not ignore our edict, if they do, the Ulema Council will take action".

Soundbite-10 Translation: Soraya Kabul resident: "As an Afghan girl, I do not accept this edict, because Afghan men and women had, and must have, equal rights. And women make half of the society."

Soundbite-11 Translation: Sana Kabul resident: "I do not accept this edict, because it states that every woman should be accompanied by a man, and I would like to say that President Karzai's wife is a doctor and Mr. president can't be with his wife everywhere. So I don't accept this edict and will not obey it."

Soundbite-12 Translation: Enayatullah Baligh (3:43-4:23): Afghan women are Muslims, so they can never oppose this edict. If they oppose this edict that means they have rejected the religion. If a minister is traveling he takes a body guard with him, so why can't our sisters take someone like their brother, uncle or nephew with them? These women do not understand. It's for their good. If there are widows, the government is responsible to pay for their food, and the government is responsible to pay for the person to travel with her as well. It's all for the good of the women. I don't understand how it is NOT observing women's rights.

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US Congresswoman Pelosi Visits Egypt'...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
16 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 15, 2012

Former speaker of the US House of Representatives and US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi paid a visit on Thursday, March 15, to Egypt's parliament and held talks with Parliament Speaker and MB leader Mohamed Saad al-Katatni and other parliamentarians.
The two sides discussed Egypt's transitional stage and transformation to democracy and the writing of Egypt new constitution, amid tensions over the recent issue of American NGO workers who allegedly received foreign funds to shake Egypt's stability.
Pelosi commended the meeting as productive and stressed the significance of Egypt to the United States, the region and whole world.
SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi:
"We thank them for sharing their views with us on subjects of mutual concern to the national security of both of our countries, the economic growth of Egypt which is important to this region and to the world, and for making progress on behalf of each and every person in Egypt, honoring the hopes that they placed in the revolution and giving them safety and opportunity for the future."

Egyptian parliamentarians who attended the meeting said that they made clear that Egypt does not accept any interference in its domestic affairs.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Eng. Saad al-Husseini, parliamentarian and Muslim Brotherhood leader:
"All parliamentarians said clearly that we're for the freedom and strength of NGO's and for giving them a great opportunity for reestablishment. We're preparing a legislation to ensure their strength and flexibility. However, we do not accept foreign politicized funds, which really happened as a means of intervening in our political affairs. I think that they do not accept that in their countries too."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Essam al-Erian, parliamentarian and Muslim Brotherhood leader:
"We finally agreed that out joint consultations should continue with exchanging visits to discuss details in depth as we both represent two freely elected authorities and we could accomplish a lot of things as representatives of the two peoples."

The meeting came after the US delegation met with head of Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.
Observers see that the recurrent US visits to Egypt as attempts to bridge the gap and remove the tension created by the recent NGO issue.

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide external shot of Egypt's parliament headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of US congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and her delegation meeting with Egypt's Parliament Speaker and MB leader Mohamed Saad al-Katatni and other parliamentarians
3. Medium shot, Pelosi getting out of the meeting room to make a statement
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - US congressional minority leader Nancy Pelosi:
"We thank them for sharing their views with us on subjects of mutual concern to the national security of both of our countries, the economic growth of Egypt which is important to this region and to the world, and for making progress on behalf of each and every person in Egypt, honoring the hopes that they placed in the revolution and giving them safety and opportunity for the future." 5. Various shots of US congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and her delegation meeting with Egypt's Parliament Speaker and MB leader Mohamed Saad al-Katatni and other parliamentarians
6. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Eng. Saad al-Husseini, parliamentarian and Muslim Brotherhood leader:
"All parliamentarians said clearly that we're for the freedom and strength of NGO's and for giving them a great opportunity for reestablishment. We're preparing a legislation to ensure their strength and flexibility. However, we do not accept foreign politicized funds, which really happened as a means of intervening in our political affairs. I think that they do not accept that in their countries too." 7. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Essam al-Erian, parliamentarian and Muslim Brotherhood leader:
"We finally agreed that out joint consultations should continue with exchanging visits to discuss details in depth as we both represent two freely elected authorities and we could accomplish a lot of things as representatives of the two peoples." 8. Various shots of Pelosi and her delegation leaving after the meeting
9. Medium external shot of Egypt's parliament