What is MantiQitna QamB?
MantiQitna Qamb is a yearly meeting of queer Arab activists, a dynamic platform for learning, exchange, debate, and discussion. First held in 2010, the initial purpose and format of the QamB evolved from more traditional ideas of capacity building and trainings to a more organic and flexible space that offers us, as queer activists, the opportunity to come together, exchange, connect, and discuss the personal and political issues that are often neglected because of the pressing demands of our day to day work.
MantiQitna QamB is a gathering of individuals with different sexual and gender identities across the region, whose aim is to contribute to the building of a grassroots movement created by and for the support of individuals and groups active on issues of sexual rights, gender and sexuality. It is a space where we can continue to grow and nurture each other as activists for social justice.
Who we are:
We are a group of activists living in Arab societies within a region that is often referred to as “the Middle East and North Africa.” We chose to name our region “MantiQitna” because it emphasizes the connectivity between us outside the confines of ethnic identities and arbitrary borders. The word “QamB” was conceived as a reconfiguration of the English word camp, using Q to reflect the queer aspect of the QamB, and the B to reclaim the famed Arab pronunciation of the letter P.
Participants from the last two QamBs hailed from Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen, Kuwait, the Emirates, Qatar, and Sudan.
Who can take part?
If you are familiar with issues related to gender, sexuality; if you are you an activist in the field of sexual rights the MantiQitna region, then you are encouraged to fill out the registration form for the MantiQitna QamB 2012.
In MantiQitna QamB, we are inviting you to be innovative, creative and energetic, and be an active participant in the creation and evolution of the QamB.
For filling the registration form- Deadline by 31 March 2012:
For any question: