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International Women's Day

  • The double oppression of Gaza’s women

    Women in Gaza face serious societal constrains at home, but also an ongoing siege that limits their freedom of movement and occupation and alarmingly increases the rate of violence against them. The untold price women pay for Israel’s closure policy. By Aya Zinatey Whenever the issue of Palestinian women in Gaza and the impact the closure has on them comes up, Gaza’s traditional societal structure comes up as well, and there’s a dilemma: how can we talk about the impacts of the closure without mentioning the societal injustice these same women suffer from? I suggest looking at the occupation and…

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  • For Gaza's working women, glass ceilings aren't the only problem

    Gaza's working women earn 25 percent more, on average, than their male counterparts, according to a new report. Why are they still trapped under a 'concrete' ceiling? When 53-year-old Clara Zetkin put forth the idea for an International Women’s Day, she was one of 100 or so delegates at the second International Conference of Working Women, its participating “unions, socialist parties, [and] working women’s clubs” gathered in Copenhagen, in the late summer of 1910, to call for universal suffrage and health insurance—including maternity leave for working mothers. [tmwinpost] If their platform seemed radical for the time, it was no more…

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  • How Palestinian women are enlisting traditional dresses into the struggle

    The keffiyeh has long been the dominant symbol of the Palestinian struggle. In honor of International Women’s Day, we brought together women to give the traditional embroidered Palestinian dress the respect it deserves. Photos by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org A woman is prettier, more feminine and more attractive when wearing a dress. That’s what they taught us, and I won’t get into the question of who is behind this theory and whom or what it serves. What is certain is that women have always held in special regard this specific article of clothing, which in some cultures represents hiding the beautiful body…

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  • WATCH: Palestinians, Israelis march to mark Int'l Women's Day

    Hundreds mark International Women's Day with a joint Israeli-Palestinian protest outside the 'tunnels checkpoint' in the West Bank. 'Our children pay the price of the conflict, and we want to protect them.' Photos and video by Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Over 500 Israelis and Palestinians took part in march to mark International Women's Day and to call for an end to the occupation and violence last Friday. The march began at the Husan junction on Route 60 — the southern West Bank’s main north-south artery that connects Jerusalem, Beit Jala, the Gush Etzion settlements, and Hebron — and ended the…

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  • WATCH: The feminist struggle for peace in Israel-Palestine

    No woman is free until all women are free. That is the essence of the feminist concept, 'the personal is political.' But can feminist discourse lodge itself into the political discourse, and not only on International Women's Day? A special SocialTV feature on the practices of solidarity, non-violent struggle, striving for peace and ending the occupation. Read also: In Photos: Int'l Women's Day in Israel-Palestine Israeli, Palestinian women protest on both sides of Israeli checkpoint 50,000 Israelis show up at the wrong protest

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  • In Photos: Int'l Women's Day in Israel-Palestine

    Photos by Yotam Ronen, Anne Paq, Basel Yazouri, Oren Ziv, Faiz Abu Rmeleh, Ahmad al-Bazz, Keren Manor / Activestills.org From asylum seeker struggles to the assault on Gaza, women were on the front lines of some of the major struggles in Israel/Palestine. In honor of International Women’s Day, Activestills brings you the best photos of the women who pushed for justice between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. 

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  • Israeli, Palestinian women protest on both sides of Israeli checkpoint

    Ahead of International Women's Day, Israeli and Palestinian women demonstrate against the occupation. Israeli security forces use tear gas to break up the protest. Text by Yael Marom Photos by Anne Paq, Ahmad Al-Bazz / Activestills.org Roughly 500 Israeli citizens (of both Jewish and Palestinian backgrounds) along with around 1,000 Palestinian women (from the West Bank), demonstrated on both sides of the Qalandia checkpoint Saturday afternoon. The protest was meant to demonstrate Israeli-Palestinian solidarity in opposing the occupation, ahead of International Women’s Day on Sunday. The 1,000 Palestinian women marched from the Qalandia Refugee Camp toward the checkpoint that separates Jerusalem…

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  • Palestinian and proud: Celebrating International Women's Day in Gaza

    In honor of International Women's Day, Abeer Ayyoub pays respect to her mother, who taught her that being a woman in Gaza is as much about liberation as it is about survival.  By Abeer Ayyoub Although March 8th has always marked International Woman's Day, this year was the first time I ever felt like it belonged to me as a Palestinian woman. Perhaps it is because I recently turned 25, or perhaps it is because of the awareness I have gained regarding my role as a Palestinian woman living in Gaza. Early on, I felt that I had to become…

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  • PHOTOS: Women leading the struggles in Israel/Palestine

    In honor of International Women’s Day, Activestills brings you the best photos of the activist women who push for justice and a better life for all those between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Photo by:  Ahmad al-Bazz, Shiraz Grinbaum, Keren Manor, Tali Mayer, Anne Paq, Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Yotam Ronen, Oren Ziv/Activestills.org   Read more: Meet the Israeli women who have stood up to the occupation for 26 years Women behind the lens: Palestinians filming the occupation

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  • Women behind the lens: Palestinians filming the occupation

    For the past several years, Palestinian women from all walks of life have been taking part in a video project to document human rights violations under occupation. In honor of International Women's Day, one of them tells her story.  By Manal Ja'bri My name is Manal Ja'bri, I am 38-years-old and I have seven children, between the ages of 9 and 18, and I am the sole breadwinner in my family. I grew up in a house near the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba. Settlers burned my family’s home and used to beat us on our way to school. One…

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  • PHOTOS: Israeli women who have stood up to the occupation for 26 years

    In honor of International Women's Day, Activestills pays tribute to more than a quarter century of anti-occupation activism by the 'Women in Black' group in Israel. Every Friday since 1988, the women have stood in the main squares of cities or at highway junctions with signs calling to end the Israeli occupation. Often spat at, cursed or violently harassed by passersby, they have become, for us, a symbol of persistence. Project by: Keren Manor & Shiraz Grinbaum / Activestills.org Dafna Kaminer: It was the time of the First Intifada, and we wanted to support the Palestinian struggle. So we decided that we…

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  • WATCH: Army disperses Women's Day protest in W. Bank

    More than 250 Palestinian and Israeli women and men were attacked by military forces at a demonstration at the Qalandia checkpoint. Several injuries were reported, including one woman who was hospitalized after being shot with a rubber-coated bullet. The demonstration started Thursday at noon, with some 200 Palestinian women marching from Ramallah towards Qalandia – the main checkpoint on the way to Jerusalem. Demonstrators chanted slogans and held tri-lingual signs linking the feminist struggle with the struggle against the occupation. The women were joined by an international delegation, including European Parliament Member and former Vice President Luisa Morgantini, and later…

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  • Mid East women fight uphill battle in patriarchal society

    In the Middle East, representation of women in the public sphere is lower than in any other region. Women face enormous obstacles, ranging from sexual harassment and honor killings to ingrained patriarchal attitudes that belittle their intelligence and value. That is why it was so uplifting to watch the women of Tahrir Square take a leading role in the revolution of January 25 By Yael Lavie About half a century ago Tammy Wynette, of American country music fame, had a hit single with a song called: Stand By Your Man.  Its lyrics are possibly one of the most terrifying examples…

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