Soraya Chemaly is a feminist writer, critic, and activist whose work focuses on women’s rights and the role of gender in politics, religion, and popular culture. She is a regular contributor to Salon, The Huffington Post, RHRealityCheck, Fem2.0, Role Reboot, Alternet, and other media. Her writing also appears in The Guardian and CNN. She is a frequent radio and online commentator with Al-Jazeera, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, and Voice of Russia. Most recently, Chemaly was one of the primary organizers of a successful social media campaign demanding that Facebook improve its policies regarding the removal of harassing and threatening misogynistic content from its site. She is a member of the national board of Emerge America, an organization that trains Democratic women to run for office and also sits on the advisory board of Secular Woman, the first national secular women’s organization in the country. She was the recipient of the 2013 Donna Allen Award for Feminist Advocacy.
As U.S. activists protest against NSA rights violations, we should bear in mind that Saudi women are all too familiar with the surveillance state. More »