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Celebrating Palestinian Women this IWD: Resisting through the Needle


Time/Date: 6pm, Thursday 5 March 2020
Venue: The Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, London
Tickets: Free at Eventbrite Tickets

Welcome the founders of the inspiring resistance co-operative Women in Hebron to London as they kick-start their tour around the UK. We’re thrilled to mark International Women’s Day with these figures of Palestinian resistance.

Laila Hasan and Nawal Slemiah will outline what life is like in the world’s most segregated city, enduring settler violence including a recent personal tragedy.

They’ll outline why and how they established a co-operative of female embroiders and what it’s like to be the only woman in the souk!

Women in Hebron is a Palestinian non-profit fair trade cooperative with one hundred and fifty women who produce items from across Hebron district from eight cities and villages.

The proceeds from sales provide themselves and their families with additional income that could not otherwise be obtained through part-time employment.

Laila and Nawal will demonstrate sumud, their Palestinian resistance, through promoting tatreez, the Palestinian national craft of embroidery. You’ll have a chance to browse their items, including their signature feminist purse, so make sure to bring some cash if you’re interested in coming home with a piece of Hebron.

This event will also be a chance to launch our campaign Voices of Palestine, where we aim to amplify the voices of Palestinians in the UK. Seeking to re-centre Palestinians at the heart of their struggle for liberation, giving a platform to Palestinians to champion their own story, articulate their own discourse and reclaim the narrative through a series of events and videos. Follow the campaign: #VoicesOfPalestine

If you’re a Palestinian woman and want to talk about your own experiences, there will be space for you to speak. Either drop us a line in advance or let us know on the night.

Date: March 5, 2020
End Date: March 5, 2020