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January 28, 2012 / lizatwood

Social media empowers women

Women activists in the Middle East credit social media with helping them fight for change in their countries, according to an article on the Huffington Post. At a summit in Cairo, Bahraini journalist Lamees Dhaif noted that her reach on Twitter and her website exceeds the circulation of her country’s largest printed papers. Libyan activist Danya Bashir usedTwitter extensively to provide information about what was happening in her country to journalists and activists around the world.

While women face legal and cultural obstacles in these countries, blogs have given them a voice and allowed them to create alliances they would not have been able to make before the availability of the Internet.

 

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