From the Editors
Loubna Hanna Skalli
Amina Filali was a young Moroccan girl who was raped at the age of 15 then forced to marry her rapist. She was battered, bruised, and starved until she committed suicide in March 2012. She was 16 years old. Contributing to Amina’s suicide are her rapist turned husband, article 475 of the Moroccan penal code that absolves an aggressor of his crime once he consents to marrying his rape victim, the judge who called for a mediation instead of a prosecution against the offender, ...Keep Reading »
“Everyone has his own way of fighting, and my weapon is art!” says Milad Faraway, a 20 year-old Libyan who created the rap group Music Masters with another young friend in 2010. Their song “Youth of the Revolution” urges “Moammar [to] get out” and end the violation of Libyans’ rights. “Qadhafi, open your eyes wide” sings another rap group Revolution Beat: “you will see that the Libyan people just broke through the fear barrier.” In neighboring Tunisia, twenty-one year old ...Keep Reading »
Loubna Hanna-Skalli is currently teaching at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. Prior to this position, she taught at Ibn Tofail University, Morocco (1987-2002) where she was an Associate Professor. She also held faculty appointments at the Cross Cultural Center of Learning, the Institute for Language and Communication Studies in Rabat, and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She received her B.A. from Mohammed V University, Morocco, her M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Essex University, England, and her Ph.D. in Communication and International Media from The Pennsylvania State University. She has joined International Development Program at American University where she has been teaching on youth, gender, generation and development since 2003 and is actively coordinating the M.A. concentration in Youth/Children and Development. She is the author of Through a Local Prism: Gender, Globalization and Identity in Moroccan Women’s Magazines (Roman and Littlefield, 2006 –reprinted 2008), co-author of Vulture Culture: The Politics and Pedagogy of Talkshows (Peter Lang, 2005), author of a forthcoming book Young Change Makers: Engaging Middle Eastern Youth and guest editor of a forthcoming special issue on “Youth, Media and the Politics of Change in North Africa” (Journal of Middle East Culture and Media). In addition to several book chapters and encyclopedia entries, her recent articles have appeared in the Middle East Journal, Middle East Journal of Women Studies, Feminist Review, Gender and Society, and International Feminist Journal of Politics.
Dr. Loubna Hanna Skalli was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for International Scholars, an International Fellowship from the Institute in Governance, Public Policy and Civil Society (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain) and a grant from the American Consortium on European Union Studies.