The Revolting Women Of The Arab World

Just a click away on Facebook, there’s a quiet revolution going on. The Uprising of Women in the Arab World is a space where supporters of women’s rights share their experiences and campaign for equality. Inspired by the Arab Spring protests, the collection of tweets, posts, and stories is a tiny glimpse into what life is like for women living in the Arab world, and why so many of them are fighting for change.

The Revolting Women Of The Arab World
Twitter posting @UprisingOfWomen

”I am with the uprising of women in the Arab world because my body is not a source of shame, not for rent, not for the family. My body is mine.”

Drawing by Siham Atiq. “I am with the uprising of women in the Arab world because I am not a piece of clay that men try to shape as they please.”

“I am with the uprising of women in the Arab world because her body is her business alone. Keep your hands, your looks, and judgment away from it.”

“I have the right to protest safely.” “Be a man and protect her instead of sexually harassing her.”

“I am with the uprising of women in the Arab world because many women get fired during their maternity leave.”

Graffiti art in Cairo of “The Blue Bra Girl,” an activist who was exposed and beaten by military police while protesting in Egypt last year.

“I am with the uprising of women in the Arab world because society regards my being 'covered' more important than my education.”

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Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.