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.”

Albert Einstein

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“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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