Graffiti political art played a prominent role in all of the Arab Spring uprisings, including Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Bahrain, Tunisia, as it still does in Syria & now in Lebanon, Iraq, Sudan. Most of the graffiti has been vandalized, demolished or painted over in the counterrevolutions against the uprisings & only some has been preserved in photographs. Graffiti is a distinct feature of popular resistance to tyranny, as we also see in Kashmir & on the apartheid wall in Palestine. There have been may thoughtful & insightful articles about what the phenomenon represents. This article is about graffiti done by women artists in Lebanon, Sudan, & Iraq whilst it has generally been seen as a male genre. The rise of women graffiti artists probably reflects the leading role of women in political resistance.
Female artists are not only leaving a mark on the historically male-dominated graffiti scene in the region, but are pioneering their own digital form of revolutionary art.