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Dana Bakdounis and the Uprising of Women in the Arab World

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

This story was written for World Pulse’s Ending Violence Against Women Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring an end to gender-based violence. The EVAW Campaign elicits powerful content from women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as vocal grassroots leaders, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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Beverly Rose's picture

Violence against women - this

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 Muhanguzi's picture

This is outrageous

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.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

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