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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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Discovering the Positive within the Negative: Palestinian Women's Movements

Discovering the Positive within the Negative: Palestinian Women's Movements

(p.171) 7 Discovering the Positive within the Negative: Palestinian Women's Movements
Mapping Arab Women's Movements

Eileen Kuttab

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter focuses on the Palestinian women's movement. Through women's participation in national liberation struggles, access to spaces and mobility, freedom of expression, and participation in decision making become more realistic and legitimate for women. The programs of women's movements in these countries, particularly those who are resisting western colonialism, prioritize national issues in certain stages, reflecting the necessity of the national liberation struggle, and utilize the national movement as a tool for mobilizing and organizing women. Additionally, the level of social and gender consciousness of the community at large is reflected within the women's movement's agenda, making it unique, local, and responsive to the complex reality of its context, and not reflective of the experience of western feminism. Although the programs of women's movements that focus on national issues have enhanced women's participation in the public sphere in periods of national escalation, it has limited the development of a social agenda in times of national retreat.

Keywords:   Palestine, Palestinian, Israel, women, movement, activism, occupation, rights, Intifada

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