13 Women on What it Means to Be a Woman in Palestine


What does it mean to be a woman in Palestine?

It’s the week before International Women’s Day and there’s the scent of rebellion in the air. That’s the thing, though: I can smell it in the air and feel it in the energy around me, but I can’t quite see it. One thing I’ve learned from taking to the streets to get women talking about their rights is that women are actually quite hesitant to speak up. In a society constructed to bury women’s voices, speaking up in the first place is difficult, but speaking up about the rights you’ve been denied is plain terrifying. So, how can we shake the barrier? 

To start, I asked the BabyFist family on Instagram what it means to be a woman in Palestine. Below are 13 of their responses and I hope they serve as a small rebellion against the taboos of speaking up and against gender-based discrimination and oppression. Read their quotes below, and then join us in restructuring the societal standards for the pursuit of opportunity and happiness by sharing your opinion in the comments below. 

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