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Women RisingIn and Beyond the Arab Spring$
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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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A Village Rises in the First Intifada

A Village Rises in the First Intifada

International Women’s Day, March 8, 1988

(p.259) 28 A Village Rises in the First Intifada
Women Rising

Manal A. Jamal

NYU Press

Determined to have the name of Deir Dibwan broadcast on the pirated Intifada radio station in 1988, four high school students and one university student decided to organize the first protest in the village to mark International Women’s Day. Manal A. Jamal describes how the event that was supposed to be a modest women’s march turned into a protest of over five hundred people. Since the start of the Arab Spring, much of the discussion on the circumstances of Arab women has been ahistorical. It is vital to draw on past experiences of women during different periods of upheaval to ensure that these issues are presented with the multilayered complexities they embody. Unlike much of the discussion on the plight of Arab women today, the scholarship on Palestinian women during the first Intifada is significant in the extent to which it captures women’s nuanced experiences—as agents of change confronting the multiple complexities of gender relations in their society.

Keywords:   Arab Spring, International Women’s Day, gender relations, Intifada, Deir Dibwan

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