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Mapping Arab Women's MovementsA Century of Transformations from Within$
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Pernille Arenfeldt and Nawar Al-Hassan Golley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164989

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164989.001.0001

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Harvests of the Golden Decades: Contemporary Women's Activism in Jordan

Harvests of the Golden Decades: Contemporary Women's Activism in Jordan

(p.133) 6 Harvests of the Golden Decades: Contemporary Women's Activism in Jordan
Mapping Arab Women's Movements

Ibtesam Al-Atiyat

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter investigates the interconnections and interactions between the women's movement and Islamist and tribal political actors in Jordan. Questions the chapter examines include: To what extent does the critique of the movement reflect its reality? Is the women's movement west-dependent, a mere tool of western conspiracies and thereby lacking representation of Jordanian women, their needs, and issues? Are women activists merely an elite that lacks commonalities with the larger groups of women in rural and other marginalized areas in the Kingdom? Does the movement's discourse depart from the 'real' issues of those women? And is it above all an 'imported' discourse? Also, how does the women's movement address these critiques? What do they think and make of them? How do such critiques affect their cause and struggle? This investigation is based on personal interviews with women activists, an analysis of publications of women's organizations, and reflective participant observations that stem from my work experience in three women's organizations, including the Jordanian National Commission for Women (2003-2005), and serving on boards of the Jordanian Women's Union (2007-present) and the Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan (2008-present).

Keywords:   Jordan, Jordanian, women, movement, activism, representation, rights

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