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The Rising Voices of Arab Women – From Social Activism to Eco-Feminism

Posted April 18th, 2011, by Rola Tassabehji, Green Prophet, greenprophet.com

Defiant women, some “worth 100 men” are reshaping the Arab world in grassroots activism.

While news of a minority of Muslim women in burkas continues to spread islamophobia in the West, a growing number of Arab women (veiled or otherwise) are shedding their typical conservative image and gaining more visibility in the pro-democracy protests around the region. Western liberal understanding of feminism may prevent many from acknowledging any real progress, but a new role for Arab women in grass root activism is plain to see.

From hunger fasts in Bahrain, to women’s only marches in Yemen, to Asmaa Mahfouz (known as “a woman worth 100 men”), whose anti-Mubarak video helped trigger the revolution against autocratic rule, to the defiant Iman Al-Obeidi in Libya, women are playing as…

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