Several feminist organizations have spoken out, although often much later than in the immediate aftermath of the Hamas terrorist acts of October 7, 2023. This alone makes one question their motives (had they spoken out against the Hamas terrorist acts against women, why hadn't they spoken out earlier?).
Several feminist organizations also spoke in general terms referring to violence on both sides. Several spoke out only against Israel, not mentioning Hamas treatment of women at all. See a few examples below, taken from press releases of the large feminist organizations.
Anecdotally, I have not seen in the mainstream media any photos of feminist rallies in support of female hostages taken by Hamas. Any photos of posters in support of hostages at rallies have been attributed to general pro-Israel and/or anti-Hamas rallies.
NOW Condemns Violent Hateful Attacks Against Israel
Released on October 7, 2023
National NOW President Christian F. Nunes issued the following
statement upon the attacks reported in Israel
“A terrorist army has invaded the land of Israel, murdering innocent
civilians and taking whole communities hostage. ‘We are at war,’ Prime
Minister Netanyahu told his nation, and today, the whole world is
holding its breath.
While the day unfolds, NOW members are sticking fast to our core
principles of human rights and freedom from fear, violence, and
division. The rise in antisemitism and violent attacks on Jewish
communities here and around the world underscore our alarm.
The people of Israel live in constant fear of days like today. This is
what happens when hate has no boundaries.
NOW supports the right of the Jewish people to live without fear or
violence, and we condemn antisemitism in all its forms.”
NOW Condemns Violent Hateful Attacks Against Israel - National Organization for Women, October 7, 2023.
Sarah Hendriks, UN Women Deputy Executive Director, ad interim, said: “UN Women has called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid, including food, water, fuel, and health supplies that are critical for the survival of women and girls in the Gaza Strip. It is imperative that we ensure immediate access to services for women and girls and ensure the prevention of gender-based violence. As the international community seeks to respond to this crisis, we must also wholeheartedly support and invest in women-led organizations, which are at the front-line of the humanitarian response, and promote the meaningful participation of women in humanitarian and political processes.”
Press release: UN Women report reveals devastating impact of the crisis in Gaza on women and girls | UN Women – Headquarters, 20 OCTOBER 2023
We condemn Hamas’s attacks on civilians on October 7 and call for a return of the hostages, and we condemn state leaders in Israel who have led a violent escalation and total blockade of critical humanitarian aid in Gaza, leading to thousands of additional civilian deaths. There must be an immediate ceasefire and an end to the genocide, collective punishment, and forcible transfer of the Palestinian people in Gaza.
Feminist Leaders Call to #StopTheMassacre in Palestine - Global Fund for Women, NOVEMBER 3, 2023
Palestinian Feminist Collective | Facebook, November 14, 2023.
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