Preserving Palestinian identity from the 1948 occupation to the present
Sew to Speak tells the moving story of one Palestinian woman and her 50-year quest to safeguard Palestinian culture through the preservation and promotion of its national costume. It is also an effort to document the vital contributions of the General Union of Palestinian Women, a group of dedicated volunteers who have worked tirelessly to preserve Palestinian identity and culture through love, conviction, pride and hope.
The book describes the rewarding work of GUPW as well as the obstacles faced by the group. It documents its activities in detail as a part of the history of Palestinian women’s struggle for liberation, the role it plays, and the impact of its work in promoting and fulfilling Palestinian rights, including:
Empowering Palestinian women and their families towards self-sufficiency
Protecting Palestinian culture and identity from Zionist theft
Fundraising for student education and social welfare programs
Lecturing and exhibiting Palestinian culture throughout the world
Organizing a humanitarian effort outside the region’s traditional family support system
In short, Sew to Speak leaves for future generations an important historical record that chronicles how Palestinians from all walks of life fought for their humanity, education, identity, and dignity on a daily basis—peacefully, but passionately.
Siham N. Abu-Ghazaleh was born in Jaffa, Palestine in 1940. She studied anthropology at Yarmouk University in Jordan, psychology at Kuwait University, and political science and economics at Dartmouth College in the US. She is Head of the Palestinian Cultural Centers in Jordan, where she also serves as consultant on its cultural committee. Her research publications include Palestinian History in Costumes, Needle, and Thread and The City: Today, Yesterday, and the Day Before. She resides in Kuwait and Jordan.