Monday, June 28, 2010

A feminist in Gaza

From an article in the LA Times

Naila Ayesh is a rare voice for women's right and progressive values in Gaza.
Today Ayesh, 49, founder of the Gaza Strip-based Women's Affairs Center, has become one of the only feminist voices in the seaside territory that was seized three years ago by Hamas, an armed Palestinian group that aspires to impose Islamic law.

Besides being married to Jamal Zakout, a top advisor to Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority — Hamas' political rival that rules the West Bank — Ayesh also raises eyebrows in Gaza as she moves in public without covering her head and sometimes even partakes of a shisha water pipe.

Read the interview. Ayesh discusses violence against women , the humiliating trend of collective weddings and the rise in honor killings in Gaza

No, its not easy to be a feminist in Gaza

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