Public Narratives and Organizing: A Case Study of the Stand Up with the Teachers Campaign in Jordan


Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:15pm


Virtual event, registration required

Organizers and practitioners around the globe have long utilized “public narratives” as a way of connecting their work to leadership by learning to tell a story of self, a story of us, and a story of now. In this panel discussion, Ash Center Democracy Fellow Dr. Emilia Aiello will examine how public narratives can contribute to community building and power building even under constrained conditions. Dr. Aiello will be joined by leaders and practitioners of the Qom Ma’al Muallem (Stand Up with the Teachers) Campaign, which has been organizing for female workers rights in Jordan. The campaign was originally supported by the International Labor Organization (ILO), and coached by Ahel, a community-based organization that has aided organizing efforts that promote freedom, justice, and human rights for over ten years in countries across the Middle East, such as Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon.

Panelists include:

  • Nisreen Haj Ahmad, Director of Ahel; Alumni of Harvard Kennedy School
  • Nariman Al-Shawaheen, Coordinator of Stand Up with the Teachers Campaign, Jordan
  • Reem Aslam, International Labor Organization, Jordan
  • Dr. Emilia Aiello (Moderator), Marie Sklodowska-Curie Post-doctoral Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School
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Virtual Event Details 

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The event will discuss some of the results of the study Public narrative and its use in the Stand Up with the Teachers Campaign in Jordan (QMM). This study is part of the research project Narratives4Change, which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 841355.