Sawt Al Niswa (Voice of the Women) is a network and community of feminist writers, activists, and artists based in Beirut. We chose niswa, because we think it a more poetic word for “women” than nisaaʾ. Niswa also invokes the word nasawiyya, meaning “feminism,” more clearly than nisaaʾ. The name Sawt Al Niswa offers continuity between nasawiyya and niswa, where niswa is mostly used to refer to women in old books. Sawt Al Niswa suggests that these niswa have a voice through us.1

We are a core group of six members and growing. None of our activities are limited to members, however. We have been active since 2009 and work toward changing our realities by building critical spaces that allow us to reflect on the social, political, and intellectual experiences of women...

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