What We Do
Born out of and based in Palestine, BabyFist is community built to (1) have open and honest conversations to challenge the oppressive gendered structures of society, (2) work with Palestinian manufacturers and help support the local economy, and (3) provide a means to contribute to and partake in community projects.
Celebrating Radical Honesty
Acceptance and empathy are at the heart of our creative process here at BabyFist. We believe that Arab identity is complex and inherently undefinable. Defying definition and shattering stereotypes are to be encouraged and celebrated.
Our photoshoots feature the people we always wanted to see growing up: ourselves. We celebrate the rainbow of Arab identity, the varieties of body types, and the deconstruction of gender and beauty norms. Right on.
Fostering a Conversation
BabyFist unearths the labyrinth of gender-based issues affecting Arab women and men (and everyone in-between) throughout the world from a place of compassion and unconditional fond regard, with the conviction that deviating from the norm is to be celebrated. Our blogs explore issues of identity from gender-based issues to Arab identity. Everyone has a place to come to, learn, contribute, connect, and find a family.
We want you to know exactly where your apparel comes from on the map and who made it. We don’t believe that ethical consumerism, social impact, and fashion need to be mutually exclusive.
Gaza Textile Industry
Because Gaza has been under siege for over a decade, its textile industry is only at 13% of what it once was. We have joined the effort to rebuild the industry and make our denim jackets there. See the factory here.
Our t-shirts, hoodies, and tote bags are all made and screen-printed in Ramallah with Abu Ziad, the owner of his family-run business. Abu Ziad ensure safe and positive working conditions for his small team. As we believe in transparency and ethical production, working with Abu Ziad and his team has helped us reach this goal.
We believe that knowledge is power is change, which means that efforts to empower ourselves must also target young girls.
2019 Menstrual Education Campaign
10% of our proceeds are donated to help make this campaign happen.
BabyFist’s Menstrual Education Campaign is a project aiming to expand young girls’ access to menstrual education to in public schools throughout the West Bank. in 2018, we hosted 2 workshops and educated 150 girls. In each workshop, the girls receive preliminary supplies such as pads. They also engage in activities to challenge the taboos about menstruation, sexuality, and womanhood.
Fostering Social Impact
These are projects designed to spark conversations about social change. We believe that people's voices aren't heard enough and we work to encourage the act of speaking up. Our projects embark on the mission to remind everyone their voices are valuable and capable of producing change.
We host workshops covering topics from gender-based violence to mental health, all with the mission of providing a safe and open space for young Palestinians to engage in a conversation about typically taboo issues. These workshops allow youth to interact with these topics, learn more about them, and nestle themselves into a support system.
Throughout the year, the proceeds from our sales are donated to various projects including food drives, clothes drives, and school supplies drives. The goal is to provide an opportunity to contribute and work with our community in a positive way.