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Rita Stephan and Mounira M. Charrad

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479846641

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479846641.001.0001

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Long before the Arab Spring

Long before the Arab Spring

Arab Women’s Cyberactivism through AWSA United

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(p.149) 17 Long before the Arab Spring
Source:
Women Rising
Author(s):
Rita Stephan, Rita Stephan, Mounira M. Charrad
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479846641.003.0018

The Arab Women Solidarity Association United (AWSA United) emerged as an outlet for Arab women in the diaspora to express solidarity and support for women in the Arab world. It pioneered transnational Arab women’s groups that connected Arab women in all six continents. In this chapter, Rita Stephan explores the impact of AWSA United on Arab women activists who, between 1999 and 2011, used cyberfeminism to share their ideological and political marginalization, and how AWSA United helped them foster their collective identity, strengthen their connectivity, and increase their activism.

Keywords:   Arab Women Solidarity Association, AWSA United, cyberfeminism, Arab women activists

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