Social Impact: Palestine
These are projects designed to spark conversations about social change within Palestine. We believe that the most effective way to catalyze change is on a grassroots level. Our projects aim to engage Palestinians in way that invites them to contribute to the conversations and voice ideas to produce positive change and empathy.
Menstrual Education Kits Drive: September - October 2018
From September 1st to October 15th, BabyFist is running a campaign to raise money and collect supplies to put together Menstrual Education kits for young girls in the West Bank. As these young girls do not have access to sex education, misconceptions, shame, and uncertainty about their bodies is more common than not. These kits will include feminine hygiene products and will be accompanied by an interactive sex education workshop with the goal of destigmatizing womanhood.
10% of every order from September 1st to October 15th will go to this campaign. To contribute a monetary donation directly, please donate here.
School Supplies Drive: August 2018
For the month of August, BabyFist hosted a school supplies campaign to collect supplies for elementary students in al Far3a refugee camps. After 4 weeks of collecting, we were able to fill 60 backpacks with notebooks, coloring books, crayons, pens, pencils, rulers, erasers, and pencil sharpeners. As we were 20 backpacks short of our goal, an anonymous donor graciously donated funds to make sure we had 80 backpacks to distribute.
Clothing Exchange: Ramadan 2018
For the month of Ramadan, BabyFist hosted a Clothing Exchange in which customers who donated their unwanted clothes received 10% off of their purchase at our store in Ramallah. Just a few days before the Eid, the clothes made their way to the community of al Far3a, a refugee camp in the foothills of the Jordan Valley in the northwestern West Bank.
Just after we donated the clothes to the al Far3a community, we were put in touch with a co-operative from Gaza, asking if we had any leftover clothes to donate. Although we had already donated everything, we worked hard over 24 hours to collect as many last minute donations. We are very proud to share that we were able to donate 75 kilos of clothes to the co-op in Gaza.
Not Your Habibti: The Typewriter Project
On October 4th, 2017, a typewriter was setup on Clock Circle in Ramllah, Palestine to document women's stories of street harassment. This project eventually came to be the Not Your Habibti Typewriter project, an on-going series aiming to engage the public in a conversation about the gender-based oppression, discrimination, and violence in Palestine. The project has since taken place once more on Clock Circle, twice at Bard-Al Quds University, Bethlehem University, and Birzeit University.
موءودة و محررة Buried & Freed
Hosted by BabyFist X Sard, موءودة و محررة (Buried & Freed) is a black-out poetry event bringing women and men together around the idea of making art around the normally-taboo topics of gender inequality, sexual assault, and honor.
Held on February 16th in Ramallah, participants blacked-out text borrowed from influential Arab feminist texts and literature to reproduce the works into poetry to express/comment on personal frustration with issues of gendered social issues in Palestine. Afterwards, participants were given a safe space to share their work, contribute to a discussion, or simply observe.
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