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Slogans of “There is No Difference Between You and I” زيّي زيّك

Let me remind you that in our country, the system legally allows a man to go rape any little girl on the street and then get away with his crime by marrying her.

Let me remind you that in our country, over 112 Jordanian women were brutally murdered by their own families for “honor” in the past 10 years. Of course, our penal law happily condones this.

Let me remind you that in our country, the laws are sexist, unjust, and greedy, so my children cannot take on my nationality just because I happen to be a woman.

Let me remind you that in our country, as women, articles 97, 98, 100, 340, and 345 affect our safety and our well-being in our own country.

Let me remind you that in our country, people have turned the word “honor” into blasphemy.


Why do I have to go to the grocery store instead of her?


Catcalling isn’t manliness


My wife just had a baby. Paternity leave is my right.


I am as strong as life.


Excuse me, law, you’re here to protect, not to “cover”.


What do you care what she’s wearing?


I don’t harass.


Your rib isn’t straight? Your problem.


I am Rahaf’s father


Why are you ashamed of your mother’s name?


There is no difference between you and I… I work too.


What are you staring at?


Rape has become a national duty


Stop saying nothing to sexual harassment


There is no difference between you and I… I want to give my children my nationality


Rape her and marry her for free


There is no difference between you and I… I can also live by myself


There is no difference between you and I… I know how to drive


I want to be safe in the streets


My mother is called Fatimah


“Your mother” and “your sister” aren’t disses!


No one has ever said to me: What will people say?


My life is more important than the family’s honor


My mother is Jordanian and her nationality is my right


All Jordanians are the same in the eyes of the law


You’re killing us with your honor

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4 Comments

  1. That’s great! I love the diversity of people. My favorite sign was “No one has ever said to me: What will people say?” They were all valid. The older woman with the sign “My mother is Jordanian and her nationality is my right”? That is the one thing I find most mind boggling and in need of immediate change.

    Bravo to all the men standing up for women’s rights!

  2. Muhammad Badi

    I am unable to express how I really feel right now, but I am extremely impressed and happy by how beautiful and civilized such “protests” are. Mega important issue to be discussed and presented widely. Well done, Ruba.

    Also, thanks for the amazing photos.

  3. Greeeat post. Loved the pictures and the boldness and passion of the signs and protesters. Let the Dude know when you do another one.

    BTw, we featured thin post in our blog roundup today
    http://www.albawaba.com/blog_roundup/copts-morsi-egypt-431422

  4. Coolness

    This is really cool and I am glad that so many people showed up. Unfortunately, most of the comments on most of the local sites were either negative, or tried to ridicule the messages. Changes takes time, and I hope this will be the start of gender equality in Jordan.

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