Online campaign against director of Women’s Studies Centre
30 Mar 2022
Rights at stake and state’s obligations
The actor of the backlash
The form of backlash
In March, Palestinian women’s groups condemned an online campaign – including verbal violence and threats - targeting the director of Women’s Studies Centre, Sama Aweida. They noted that this was the second time she was being attacked in recent months. According to the WHRD MENA Coalition, the campaign was carried out by Hizb ut-Tahrir (Liberation Party) and hashtags such as #down with_CEDAW and #stop_kidnapping_our_children (roughly translated from Arabic) were being used to incite against Sama and her work advocating for women’s rights.
see Kayan on twitter, WHRD MENA Coalition
Initiatives to support: statement by Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (in Arabic); joint statement by women’s groups (in Arabic)