Dareen Tatour – Poetry is not a Crime

Illustrated by Hannah Kirmes-Daly
Dareen Tatour, is a Palestinian poet, currently facing up to 24 months in jail for a poem she published on her Facebook page. The hearing that will decide her fate was scheduled to take place on Sunday 24th June (this coming Sunday), however this week the court decided to postpone their decision by another month. She’s also a photographer, and an author, and has spent the last two and a half years under house arrest whilst waiting for the legal proceedings to come for an end. She was arrested in October 2015. She has already spent over three months in prison but continues to write poems and paint.
The things she loves most in the world are her cats (and she’s a vegetarian). She fired two male lawyers before deciding on her current lawyer (who is also Ahed Tamimi’s lawyer), Gabi Lasky- a strong female lawyer. Dareen dreams of freedom: from prison, from patriarchy and for Palestine.
Photo by Oren Ziv

When she saw this image, she said the smile spoke to her heart (in direct translation) She’s amazing!

There are so many incredible kick-ass women in the world, stepping up, speaking out and inspiring others with the work they do. Many who are visible, and many who are not. With this project we want to highlight grassroots female role models. So we want to hear from you! Who are the women in your life who makes you think, ‘yeah thats possible’! Women who have started businesses, projects, are fighting for a cause, are making their voices heard. Send us a photo and a small story celebrating the role model in your life to brushandbowinfo@gmail.com and we will turn this into an illustrated piece!

This series is in collaboration with Nomadways 

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