OMOUR T’HEMNA

Omour T’hemna (“What Matters to Us”) is a Public Interest Media project established in partnership with the Tunisian Union of Associative Media (UTMA) to produce local associative web-FM radio shows accessible to listeners across all 24 of Tunisian governorates.
The main goal of the program is to enliven fact-based discussions, debates, and dialogues on political, social, economic, and cultural issues of local scope through the active participation of informed youth commentators (aged 16-24) with politicians, journalists, and other experts in their fields.

#Elharga_Why?

We’ve often came across tragic media sotries about irregular migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean on “death boats”. Reports by human rights and humanitarian organizations come together when describing the sea passage from North Africa to Europe as the most dangerous in the world, then why are Maghreban youth still attempting to cross it? The Munathara Initiative is bringing together youth from Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria to discuss the issue of irregular migration ( called El Harga in North African dialects) in a town hall format with the hashtag “Elharga_Why?” on October 31st starting from 9 pm Tunis time.

Debate Tunisia Youth Studio Education Public Democracy Morocco Algeria Irregular Migration Townhall Munathara
Debate Tunisia Youth Studio Education Public Democracy Morocco Algeria Irregular Migration Townhall Munathara

Debating Our Destiny (DOD)

DOD aims to empower youth, women, and marginalized communities (YWM) across Arabic speaking communities in 15 countries, including: Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Yemen, and diaspora communities in Turkey, France and Germany.

Debate Tunisia Youth Studio Education Public Democracy
Debate Tunisia Youth Studio Education Public Democracy

About Us

Arab scholars have a long and storied history of debate, and Munathara is building upon this tradition to support all Arabic speakers to participate in shaping the future of the region. We believe it is more important than ever before for rational, reasoned and constructive discourse to be the forge in which ideas are expounded, tested and improved upon for the benefit of all.

Community Participation

Parallel to its online outreach campaigns, The Munathara initiative works closely with local and regional civil society organisations. Munathara’s certified outreach debate trainers provide on the ground training sessions...

Online Engagement

During the Arab Spring, social media platforms played a vital role in the dissemination of information between different regions. By the end of 2019, internet penetration rates in the Arab region reached 70%.

Reviving Arab debate culture

Scholars in the MENA region have a long and storied history of debate. Munathara is building upon this tradition to support all Arabic speakers to participate in shaping the future of the region.

Impact TV

Since its establishment in 2012, the Munathara Initiative has promoted the voices of youth, women and marginalized (YWM) communities in the Arabic public sphere to meet their growing desire for participation in society, politics, and governance.

Debate Munathara Tunisia Media Freedom Expression youth competition
Sunday, June 27, 2021

The media sector is arguably the biggest beneficiary of the freedom of expression that Tunisia gained following the 2

Debate Tunisia Youth Studio Education Public Democracy
Sunday, May 30, 2021

Tunisian youth is an important demographic.

Debate Tunisia Youth Studio Education Public Democracy
Sunday, April 11, 2021

Public education was one of the main pillars of modern state-building in Tunisia.

Debate Tunisia Youth Studio TownHall Law52 Cannabis Tunis
Sunday, March 14, 2021

A 1992 Ben-Ali era drug law, “Law 52”, is once more causing uproar in post-revolutionary Tunisia, where this Saturday

Friday, October 11, 2019

The 'Munathara Initiative' has organised, in partnership with the Establishment of Tunisian Television, the final deb

Saturday, January 13, 2018

#Holool featured 6 performances by extraordinary youth, alongside 3 senior opinion leaders, all focused on the theme

Saturday, February 25, 2017

#DDX3 is Munathara’s biggest event of the year.

Public Interest Media

Public Interest Media

Public Interest Media is broadly defined as generating and disseminating information that serves everyone in society. According to the Ethical Journalism Network, “it is about the common good, the general welfare and the security and well-being of everyone in the community we serve.

Debate Munathara Tunisia Media Freedom Expression youth radio podcast
Saturday, August 28, 2021

In this second podcast episode, Munathara’s Imen Riahi gets together with two Public Interest Media project participa

Debate Munathara Tunisia Media Freedom Expression youth radio podcast
Saturday, August 21, 2021

The second episode of the Oumour T'hemna (What Matters to Us) radio show series on Cilium FM Radio, Kasserine.

Debate Munathara Tunisia Media Freedom Expression youth radio podcast
Saturday, August 21, 2021

The second Oumour T'hemna (“What Matters to Us”) episode on Mandra FM, Bizerte, highlights environmental repercussion

Debate Munathara Tunisia Media Freedom Expression youth radio podcast
Saturday, August 21, 2021

The second Oumour T'hemna  (“What Matters to Us”) episode on Kairouan’s Dream FM discusses the recent fires in the go

Debate Munathara Tunisia Media Freedom Expression youth radio podcast
Saturday, August 21, 2021

Our young radio hosts discuss the lack of basic facilities in the Manzil Al-Habib delegation and the role of the loca

Debate Munathara Tunisia Media Freedom Expression youth radio podcast
Saturday, August 21, 2021

Lack of water resources in the Kebili governorate with the absence of any clear water distribution plan is the first

Saturday, July 31, 2021

The first episode of Oumour T’hemna: El Podcast (“What Matters to Us: The Podcast”).

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The first episode of the Oumour T'hemna series (“What Matters to Us”)  on Cilium FM Radio from Kasserine.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The first Oumour T'hemna (“What Matters to Us”) episode on Mandra FM, Bizerte, presents the Covid-19 medical unit in

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Musabaquat

The Munathara Initiative launches a dedicated Musabaqa “Competition” for each of its live shows.

Tuesday, June 01, 2021
Tunisia

The media sector is arguably the biggest beneficiary of the freedom of expression that Tunisia gained following the 2010-2011 revolution.  This is

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Friday, April 30, 2021
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Tunisian youth is an important demographic.

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Debate Munathara Tunisia Education youth competition
Monday, March 22, 2021
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Public education was one of the main pillars of modern state-building in Tunisia.

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Town Hall debate Tunisia Law 52
Friday, February 19, 2021
Tunisia

#Zaama_TownHall aims to spread the culture of fact-driven debate, discussion, and dialogue between citizens and public officials.

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Sunday, November 22, 2020
Tunisia

In December of 2020, Tunisia will celebrate the first decade of the Jasmine Revolution, which was sparked on December 17, 2010, and ended on Januar

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Tunisia

Since 2011,Tunisia has been living under the pressure of an economic crisis, deepened by the repercussions of the health crisis caused by the sprea

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Tunisia

On October 23rd, 2019, Kais Saied was sworn in as the second directly elected Tunisian president after the revolution.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2020
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On the 10th year of the revolution, some believe the current political system has succeeded in preserving political balances; It stood impregnable

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Monday, July 17, 2017
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The Middle East has been rocked by a series of violent conflicts over the past several years involving thousands of foreign fighters traveling to s

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Workshops

Parallel to its online outreach campaigns, The Munathara initiative works closely with local and regional civil society organisations. Munathara’s certified outreach debate trainers provide on the ground training sessions to Arabic speakers both within and outside the MENA region, especially focusing on marginalised and rural areas.

#DD

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

#DD

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

#DD

Monday, August 08, 2016

في إطار مسابقة مناظرة DD24 حول الأطروحة "ترمب أفضل للعالم العربي" أشرف المدرب عدي عموش على ورشة تدريبية بمشاركة شباب نادي الثقافة والإعلام بجامعة ا

#DD

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The Syrian trainer Bayan Al Othman conducted an interactive session with a group of syrian refugees  in Turkey, regarding the topic of ' religion s

#DD

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Munathara's Jordanian coach 'Malek Sebaii' has conducted an interactive session in the Blue Zone in Jordan with the Youth Council and the Organizat

#DD

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Munathara's Syrian Trainer ' Bayan Al Othman' conducted a workshop with syrian refugees in turkey in collaboration with  'lightning center for rese

#DD

Saturday, April 07, 2018

In Morocco, our trainer Khalil Dekiki completed a training interactive session with students of Political Science in Rabat on DD25's Topic 'Russia

#DD

Friday, April 13, 2018

In algeria, our trainer Fatma Hamdi has conducted a workshop in the region of Betna in collaboration with the National organization of the voice of

#DD

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

In Tunisia, Munathara's trainer Achref Wannas conducted a productive training session with young students and social activists in the region in col

#DD

Friday, March 30, 2018

 

In algeria our trainers completed a training session with a groupe of social activists. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

In Hulool competition, our Moroccan trainer Sofiane Saoudi has conducted a workshop in the city of Tiflet in collaboration with a group of young ac

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Press & Media

Debate Munathara Tunisia Politics youth competition
Aug, 24 2021

The story of the Munathara Initiative, told by Alessandra Bajec on The NEWARAB. 

Press Debate Tunisia TownHall Munathara Cannabis law 52
Mar, 21 2021

Khouloud Mabrouk, Editorial Team member, was the Sunday guest on "Al Lama" show on Shems FM radio to talk about "#Zaama_TownHall #We_Change_Law52_InOrderTo.

Press Debate Tunisia TownHall Munathara Cannabis law 52
Mar, 16 2021

AL Arab Uk covers the #Zaama_TownHall" #We_Change_Law52_InOrderTo.

Press Debate Tunisia TownHall Munathara Cannabis law 52
Mar, 21 2021

Ahmed Abid, the Senior Communications Coordinator, talks about "#Zaama_TownHall" #We_Change_Law52_InOrderTo.

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The Munathara Initiative is a registered non-profit organization founded in 2012, with offices in Washington D.C. and Tunis, Tunisia. The Initiative aims to create an independent and inclusive discussion and debate platform in the Arabic speaking region regardless of their age, gender or background to create a public sphere characterized by evolvability and tolerance towards different points of view.

Town Hall debate Tunisia Law 52

Following the 2010-2011 uprising, a number of Tunisian officials, including ex-President Beji Caid Essebsi committed to a reform of the law.

The Munathara Initiative team discussed the various aspects and impacts of the DOD project.

أرفع رأسي لأرى القائد يمتطي حصانه هو لا ينظر الينا ولا يرى زحمة السير، لا يسمع أ أصوات المنبهات وضجيج المارة.

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