By Samah Salaime October 23, In recent years tens of thousands of women have found a home for their stories on Facebook. On the pages of teachers, social workers, nurses, businesswomen, self-employed women, personal trainers, you can find posts about everything. For instance, I stumbled upon the story of a young woman, Lamis, whose mother died in childbirth, and for her whole life has carried the name of the mother she never saw or embraced or looked in the eye. Lamis, who grew up with a physical disability, describes the difficulties she has faced since she was born prematurely, and the various stations of her life.
Wonder Women: The Arab feminist revolution on Facebook
Facebook in the Arab Region
On 10 November, the page of The Uprising of Women in the Arab World posted that Dana, the Syrian woman whose photo was censored by Facebook, was restored after a call for support against Facebook censorship of the photo. To view the press release by the admins of the page on how the photo was taken out based on reports against it, and how the personal accounts of some of the admins on Facebook were suspended and threatened press here for English. You can agree or disagree about the page, but the issue here is censorship of activism on the mostly used social media platform nowadays, Facebook. Social media platforms are not the reason behind activism, they are just a tool where people can express themselves and organize, as long as the internet is kept an open space for all. How are women using online tools for their activism in Egypt? I can name a few, amongst many others, such as HarassMap that is using Ushahidi for mapping sexual harassment, and Kolena Laila which is an initiative to blog for one day for women in the Arab region. The online world is not so far away from the discrimination happening in the real world; as the flow of information happens faster, and it spreads wider, people can always hide behind their electronic identities and attack women organizing online, whether by reporting pages or posts, sending sexual insults, or even online stalking.