About this website

This website is the online space for Tactical Tech's project, "Visualising Women's Rights in the Arab World"(VWR), an initiative to strengthen the use of visual techniques - like information design, mapping, animation and illustration - by women's rights advocates in the Arab world, and to build a network of women with these skills.This project commenced with a workshop with 45 women's rights activists from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Egypt held in Jordan, 5-8 December 2010.


The blog forms a backdrop to the project. We use it to write about the progress of the project and document the workshop we held in Jordan, 5-8 December, the participants who were there and the campaigns which emerged from it.

We also showcase visual advocacy campaigns which have effectively (or not so effectively) employed visualisation techniques to express social and political issues and push for change. We blog on four distinct areas of visualisation; finding out what is already out there, while also inspiring discussion and creating a foundation for future innovation and creativity. The four categories of focus are:

  1. The visualisation of women's rights and the representation of women in the Arab World 
  2. Arab World visualisations of social and political issues 
  3. The visualisation of conflict in the Arab World 
  4. The visualisation of women's rights worldwide 

If you have any examples to share, please email us on visualrights@tacticaltech.org or tweet @visualrights and we'll try to include them in this collection.

Tactical Tech worked with Lebanese illustrator and designer, Maya Zankoul, on the website design and project identity.