Voices Shouting for Reform: The Remaining Battles for Bahraini Women

  • Nada Alwadi
  • Sahar Khamis


Following the euphoria that swept through the Arab region in the wake of the Arab Spring movements of 2011, the brave people of Bahrain revolted against the Bahraini monarchy but were met with harsh repression. The monarchy successfully portrayed the revolt as a religious conflict pitting the Shiite population against the Sunni power, and appealed to other Sunni monarchies in the Gulf for help in crushing the revolt by force. Whereas in Tunisia women and Tunisian women’s organizations played an important public role in the revolt, thanks to the decades-long presence of women’s organizations in the public domain, Bahraini women were severely restricted by old sociocultural traditions. This chapter discusses how Bahraini women used social media to make up for their limited access to public space; to continue fighting their battles; and to ensure that their voices shouting for reform could still heard loud and clear, despite the regime’s repression and the international media blackout, which rendered the Bahraini revolution largely forgotten and invisible.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nada Alwadi
    • 1
  • Sahar Khamis
    • 2
  1. 1.Virginia Tech UniversityBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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