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The quiet rebellion: female resistance in Palestine

By Anna Donati - December 11, 2018
Section: [Main News] [Features]
Tags: [women‘s rights] [resistance]

While Ahed Tamimi embodies the new face of Palestinian female resistance in the eyes of the world, women claim the importance of their word.

As Rosa Parks, an African-American woman who became an iconic figure in the fight against racial segregation in the United States, said: "Women's voices are powerful voices.”
While women's involvement in resistance to the occupation is not new, it is very rare that Palestinian women are spoken of other than as victims or martyrs. Yet, despite a still highly unequal society where women are often reduced to their roles as mothers and wives, Palestinian women are more engaged than ever.
Some have even become emblematic figures of the Palestinian struggle.
Whether, agree or disagree with their methods, they remain proof that in the resistance also women can make things change.
"To fight for our rights is to fight against occupation"
Palestinian women are locally known for their resistance, their attachment to their homeland, their will, their patience, and for the education of a particular generation.
"Palestinian women wherever they are: in the West Bank, in the Gaza Strip, in the territories of 1948, and in exile, are more than ever determined and hope for our whole population a better tomorrow, a day of freedom and peace,” Hanane Ghassran, a young doctor who was born in Gaza, said.
"Palestinian women, at the frontline of the conflict, are very committed. They have an important role in our society, they continue to sacrifice themselves so that children and future generations have a better future,” she continued to explain to Palestine Monitor.
The women are the ones who give Palestine its heroes.
Chahed.H, a young Bedouin from Khan-Al Ahmar, every Friday launches a call for patience and peace to the Palestinians and its Bedouin neighbors.
"The Palestinian woman who tirelessly fights with dignity, has exceptional courage, she is at once the mother of the martyr, the prisoner's wife, the grandmother of the desperate youth,” Chahed.H said.
“She is always there to support her husband, to help his children, to give hope, and to participate in the development of a society in crisis. To fight for our rights is to fight against occupation.”
The Palestinian woman is strongly invested in social and economic life, she has a vital role in the lives of families, villages, cities and organizations, she is in fact a major element of cohesion in Palestinian society.
Nardeen. A , a young journalist at Palestine TV who grew up in the camp Qalandia refugee camp, explained; "75% of the people who attend universities in Palestine are women, and the rate of schooling among Palestinian women exceeds 87%."
"Many women work to help their husbands and families, they create cooperatives, sell handicrafts, and carry out small projects to live with dignity.” Nardeen A. continued.
“That's how I was raised here in Palestine. I never felt rejected in my society. I just assumed who I was, and I had to be very patient,” she explained.
Today, Nardeen A. has fulfilled her dream of helping her family in Qalandia, as well as having a voice on an international scale because she’s a Tv journalist.
A voice that will rise to not let foreigners speak instead of Palestinians.
"This is how I see my resistance. Long work, but always on the road to freedom.”
The Palestinian woman sacrifices her life for her children, she does not think about her private life, she takes care of them and raises them with respect and attachment to their land.
They are always present in all sectors, even if they are still minimal: in work, in political parties, in associations, in demonstrations, in markets; they participate and defend their rights and the rights of their children.
Through her courage and determination, Amina R., a professor of Arabic literature, encourages young people to go to school despite Israeli checkpoints. Upon the death of her husband, Amina bought a mini-bus, and every morning she strives to get the young Palestinians out of bed by offering free services to drop them off at school.
"The school is often far from home. Here in Doura, in South Hebron, it takes sometimes more than 3 hours for children to access schools. While without the checkpoints they would only need 20 minutes. As a result, the children become demotivated and stop school and try to make some money,” Amina R. explained.
For her, children must study to have a good future and find a solution to this conflict.
These women, even unknown ones, lead an exemplary resistance against the occupation and its measures, they fight for a primordial place in the society.

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