Women of the Revolution

“Since we have 48 percent of the population living under the poverty line, I wouldn’t like to talk about women’s rights.”

Lina Megahed, an international law student in Cairo, talks about the growth of initiatives supporting women’s right generated by the 2011 uprising in Tahrir Square, although she stresses that many of the protesters’ goals have still not been achieved.

“Since we have 48 percent of the population living under the poverty line, I wouldn’t like to talk about women’s rights,” she says.

Since popular uprisings swept across swathes of North Africa and the Middle East, women and their rights have become a hotly debated topic well beyond the region’s borders.

Much ink has been spilt on whether women have benefited from the uprisings. But what do women on the ground think?

“Women of the Revolution” is a Thomson Reuters Foundation project that seeks to hand women the microphone so they can speak for themselves.

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Women of the Revolution

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Since popular uprisings swept across swathes of North Africa and the Middle East, women and their rights have become a hotly debated topic well beyond the region’s borders.
Recognition of women’s rights is under scrutiny. Much ink has been spilt on


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Since popular uprisings swept across swathes of North Africa and the Middle East, women and their rights have become a hotly debated topic well beyond the region’s borders.
Recognition of women’s rights is under scrutiny. Much ink has been spilt on whether women have benefited from the uprisings. But what do women themselves think?
We at the Thomson Reuters Foundation wanted to hand women the microphone and listen to what they have to say. To start off, we recruited local journalists and filmmakers in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen to interview women from all walks of life. Their voices made up the first part of this project. But now it’s over to you: we want “Women of the Revolution” to become a continuous conversation. We’d like you to share your thoughts on women’s rights in your country by answering our three questions:
Do you feel your rights as a woman are at risk?
Has the role of women changed since the revolution?
Has the revolution lived up to your expectations?
You can write us an email or send us a YouTube or Vimeo link at contribute@youtrust.org; Subject: Women of the revolution. Remember to add your name, place of birth and residence, and your occupation.
Help us keep the conversation alive!

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