In response to Palestinian Media Watch´s report
Arab media campaign that presented terrorist Dalal Mughrabi as a role
model for Arab women, and which listed UNFPA (United Nations
Population Fund) as its partner and displayed its logo on the
campaign´s website, the UN has asked PMW to publicize that the
UN was not involved in the campaign.
Following PMW´s exposure of a video from the campaign,
UNFPA issued a press release "disavowing" its involvement
in the campaign. Writing to PMW, the organization said that it
"would appreciate any kind action you (PMW) take as a result of
The press release stated that UNFPA "had no involvement in the
selection of women profiled in the ´White Hands Campaign´ of the Arab
Producers´ Union for TV (APUTV), and [that UNFPA] has asked for its
logo to be removed from the site."
As role models for Arab women today, the White Hands Campaign
chose to promote the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who lead the most
lethal terror attack against Israel, killing dozens, and a 7th
century poet, Al Khansa, famous for celebrating the Martyrdom deaths
of her children.
Today, the White Hands Campaign´s
is no longer accesible, and the UNFPA logo no longer appears on
the campaign´s Arabic website as it did last week, when PMW reported
on the campaign´s video.
UNFPA added that the organization was "neither consulted nor
involved in the selection of Arab women to be featured by the
initiative, and it condemns any acts of violence that take the lives
of innocent people. The Fund therefore disassociates itself from the
UNFPA further specified that the organization in 2008 had supplied
the campaign´s organizers with "information and data on
reproductive health and youth issues," but that it
"provided no funding."
Click to see PMW´s report on the campaign honoring women
famous for terror and Martyrdom as role models
The following is the email PMW received from UNFPA:
From: Abubakar Dungus
The following is the transcript of the video honoring women famous
for terror and Martyrdom as role models:
Please note the following statement from UNFPA on the subject of your
post on the White Hands Campaign. Also note that the Campaign has
removed our logo. Would appreciate any kind action you (PMW) take as
a result of this information.
UNFPA Press Release
10 February 2011
UNFPA Disavows Involvement in Arab Media Campaign
UNITED NATIONS, New York-UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund,
had no involvement in the selection of women profiled in the
"White Hands Campaign" of the Arab Producers´ Union for TV
(APUTV), and has asked for its logo to be removed from the site. In
2008, UNFPA provided APUTV with information and data on reproductive
health and youth issues. It provided no funding. More importantly,
UNFPA was neither consulted nor involved in the selection of Arab
women to be featured by the initiative, and it condemns any acts of
violence that take the lives of innocent people. The Fund therefore
disassociates itself from the campaign activities.
APUTV works under the umbrella of the League of Arab States, and
through the Arab Ministers Information Council. UNFPA provided
information to the campaign based on its longstanding cooperation
with the League of Arab States, and working within its mandate to
advance maternal health, promote gender equality and support
population and development strategies.
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Text on screen:
"The Model Woman"
Host of TV program:
"Woman is the foundation of existence.
Love - Ishtar - the symbol of fertility and altruism.
(Ishtar - Babylonian goddess)
Willpower - Cleopatra - wit and wisdom.
(Cleopatra - Queen of Egypt)
Intelligence - Balqis [and] Zenobia - fighting.
(Queens of Sheba and Palmyra)
Resolve - Al Khansa - Martyrdom and giving.
(7th cent. poet who celebrated her four sons´ deaths in battle)
Courage - Bint Al-Azwar - strong faith.
(7th cent. Arab poet who fought against the Byzantine Empire)
Martyrdom - Dalal Mughrabi - victory over enmity.
(led terror attack in which 37 Israeli civilians were killed)
Struggle - Djamila Bouhired - human freedom.
(Algerian terrorist who became a political activist)
Freedom, giving, patience, sacrifice, life, loyalty - "White
For her sake, for our sake, for the sake of a society aspiring
towards giving - "White Hands" Campaign."
Text on screen:
"The largest media campaign to support women´s issues.
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