On Women in Revolutions

Curatorial Statement

On Women in Revolutions is a research project organised by the A. M. Qattan Foundation in partnership with the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University, Gallery One and Ramallah Cinema Club. The project takes the form of a series of interventions in preparation for a central event in 2019 on revolutionary women. This project arises from the vital importance to investigate worldwide leading women figures of twentieth-century revolutions. Much literature has been written on the subject, including diaries and memoirs that describe the women’s everyday interactions within patriarchal social and political structures of liberation struggles as well as against colonial and authoritarian regimes. Figures like Dalal al-Moghrabi, Djamila Bouhired and Kathleen Cleaver have become iconic to contemporary movements and anti-state uprisings. Nevertheless, many stories and accounts remain to be told about women’s leadership in resistance movements and rebellions who remain invisible. Many such leading revolutionary women who were fundamental pillars of the movements disappeared from prominence after their liberation struggles peaked, left to either lead ordinary domestic lives, were imprisoned for years or were absorbed into the lower ranks of the institutions of post-liberation political regimes.

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