The young feminist activists Mirshad and Awada speak to The Daily Star. (The Daily Star Photo)
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This is part of a series of weekly articles interviewing pioneering Lebanese women.For Lebanese feminists Hayat Mirshad and Alia Awada – wearing white T-shirts with the logo of Fe-Male, the non-profit organization they co-founded – this could not ring more true. The dynamic duo have been indefatigably championing women's causes over the last few years, and explained to The Daily Star that the way to impose change was to revolt against injustice. While many countries have introduced laws that support gender equality and protect women from violence, patriarchal societies are still prevalent, the pair said, and Lebanon is one of them.In 2012, after a few different jobs within the field, the two co-founded Fe-male, an organization dedicated to ensuring women's rights in Lebanon.Mirshad and Awada soon found themselves searching for a platform to discuss and raise awareness on a range of women's issues that went beyond the fashion, astrology, and cooking content that were normally reserved for them.
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