wow: women standing for rights in the middle east and north africa

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In this week’s installation of Women on Wednesday, I highlight a few examples of women from the Middle East and North Africa engaging their nudity as a stand for political, social and religious freedom.

“And Still I Rise”

This video is of Maryam Namazie, and Iranian activist who connects women’s rights to discussions around Islam, politics, secularism, free expression and more. She also conducts a whole other host of work around the world. You can read her biography here: http://maryamnamazie.com/biography.html

Excerpt from her post on March 8, 2015 related to the video above for that year’s International Women’s Day:

So yes I am a free woman. I am a Kafir. Je Suis Charlie, Neda, Avijit, Salwa, Sadiq, Sameera, Rafiq, Monir, Katia*… the innumerable slaughtered over many decades in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

But still I rise.

I am, we are, Islamism’s greatest threat – a women’s liberation movement that will bring…

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