Dana Bakdounis and the Uprising of Women in the Arab World

Nelly Bassily
Posted November 16, 2012 from Canada

Like hundreds of young women and men all across the Arab world and beyond, Dana Bakdounis, posted her photo to the online campaign, The Uprising of Women in the Arab World's Facebook page. Holding her passport and a hand-written message along with a defying stare on her unveiled face, she boldly states: "I'm with the uprising of women in the Arab world because for 20 years I was not allowed to feel wind in my hair and body." But on the morning of October 26, 2012, Facebook removed Dana's photo, and blocked the administrator of the Facebook page who posted the photo from posting anything for 24 hours. The picture was taken down by Facebook because the social network had received complaints. The photo was allegedly reported as being "insulting." Read the full story here: http://storify.com/AWID/dana-bakdounis-and-uprising-of-women-in-the-arab-w

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  • Beverly Rose
    Dec 04, 2012
    Dec 04, 2012

    Violence against women - this time in the form of extreme censorship. Thank you for sharing this story. I am not on facebook and was not aware of this situation. How brave of Dana to take this action. And how brave of you to continue reporting on human rights (women's rights are human rights) issues. Awareness is the first step.

    In peace, Beverly

  • Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
    Dec 28, 2012
    Dec 28, 2012

    Dear Nelly, i did not see anything wrong with this photo. It just goes to show how far people will go to ensure that women are not given a choice in deciding what they want. Dana was brave and we should all be able to stand by her and ensure that other women continue with this fight against such oppression from the world. Please keep me posted on this story and any other developments. Thank you for posting this with the pulse world family. Stay blessed my sister.