Cite: Sienkiewicz, Western intervention and gender in the Palestinian public sphere

Sienkiewicz, Matt. “Here to Help? Western Intervention and Gender in the Palestinian Public Sphere.” International Journal of Cultural Studies 16.4 (2013): 335-350





This article analyzes the impact of western funding projects on the place of women in the mediated Palestinian public sphere. Drawing upon archival evidence, it shows that – in an effort to avoid overt discussion of Israeli occupation – joint projects between foreign funders and outlets such as the Ma’an Network focused on issues of gender ‘conflict’. The article argues that these projects simultaneously played the disturbing role of reaffirming western resistance to the expression of Palestinian experience under occupation while nonetheless playing the laudable role of creating new opportunities for female media figures.