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Eritrean soldiers during the 30-year long Eritrean War of Independence between Eritrean forces and the Ethiopian government. Women made up 30% of Eritrea’s army of 100,000 soldiers and were a popular symbol of the liberation effort.

After Eritrea won its independence in 1993 women were given 30% of the seats in parliament and gained new legal rights. However some complained that they were treated more respectfully as fighters than they were as civilians.

anonymous asked:

Hi, I recently saw a post saying Arabs are only allowed to wear the Keffiyeh. My father wears the Keffiyeh and the Thobe and he's a Somali. I was wondering if it was appropriating or not? He's a sheikh and as do my uncles...

No!!!!!!!!!

Ignore shitty tumblr discussions on cultural appropriation please!!! Things like this are so frustrating, narrow minded and really belittle the power dynamics/mockery/thievery/stripping of political relevance that go into cultural appropriation and how regions close in proximity have such longstanding economic and traditional exchange that its virtually impossible to differentiate and what constitutes as “appropriation”. Though the keffiyeh has significant meaning and history in Palestinian resistance, its definitely a historic cultural item in the Horn of Africa and has been utilized amongst Eritrean freedom fighters and marginalized non Arab groups, such as the Kurdish.

People on this site have no idea what they’re talking about.