By Munaf al-Saedi.
One young Baghdad woman has ambitious plans for Iraqi women’s rights – and she has started a Facebook campaign to back them. She already has 10,000 online supporters. NIQASH asks Ruqaya Abdul-Ali how this will translate to action.
She’s not even 20 years old but Baghdadi university student Ruqaya Abdul-Ali has started a wildly successful Facebook campaign. It is called “Revolution Against Patriarchal Society” and it’s only three months old – and already Abdul-Ali has got almost 10,000 supporters involved.
Abdul-Ali says she aims to educate Iraqi women about their rights, to stop sexual harassment in Iraqi society and to get some of the country’s most discriminatory legislation changed. NIQASH asked her exactly how she plans to achieve those grand plans.
Baghdadi university student Ruqaya Abdul-Ali has started a wildly successful Facebook campaign.
NIQASH: Could you tell us exactly what you mean by a “Revolution Against Patriarchal Society”?
Abdul-Ali: It is a revolution against tribal, patriarchal norms and the traditions that deprive women of their basic rights, ones that cause them to live like machines whose sole purpose is to give birth and to do household tasks. It is a revolution that will make women more aware of their rights and help them become more informed, introducing them to new ideas. The campaign is about encouraging women to read and to educate themselves.