Women shout against the ruling army generals during a protest right after conducting Friday prayers at Cairo's Tahrir Square

On October 1st, 2012, women organizers launched a Facebook page, “The Uprising of Women in the Arab World,” to highlight the discrimination against them which they don’t feel comfortable – or safe – enough to protest in the streets.  In just ten days, the page has generated nearly 35,000 “likes” and conversation among more than 62,000 people.  Women – and men – are posting their messages of support and calling on others to do the same.

Below we are providing a snapshot of conversations and postings on the subject on social media. The Storify stream we are using for this purpose might not be viewable on all mobile devices.

 Arab Women Launch Online Uprising

Cecily Hilleary

Cecily began her reporting career in the 1990s, covering US Middle East policy for Dubai-TV English. She has lived and/or worked in the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf regions, consulting and producing for several regional radio and television networks and production houses, including MBC, Al-Arabiya, the former Emirates Media Incorporated and Al-Ikhbaria. She brings to VOA and MEV a keen understanding of the region's top social, cultural and political issues.