The cornerstone of Global Fund grantmaking in the region has been to support the research, documentation, and recording of women's voices and experiences. This rich history is virtually absent from media and pop culture as well as the publications of government and research institutions.
Another grantee documenting Arab women’s contributions is the Lebanese Association of Women Researchers in Beirut, Lebanon. It organizes conferences on feminism and publishes research in Arabic, French, and English. Such work “builds the backbone of a strong movement,” says Hoda Elsadda, a longtime Egyptian feminist scholar-activist and Global Fund board member.
Documenting her-stories is crucial when so many countries in the region, from Iraq to Palestine, suffer war and occupation. These conflicts fuel political repression and religious extremism against women. Our support of research helps break the historical cycles of violence and oppression by nurturing current and future generations of feminist activists and scholars.
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