Palestinian Manal Shqair says her activist journey began at birth when her father refused to name her because she was a girl.
“He was shocked,” she said. “He wasn’t expecting to have a girl. He was expecting to have a boy. He even put the blame on my mom that there’s something wrong with her body that she gives birth to girls but not to boys. He got outraged when I arrived in this world, and he refused to name me.”