“They make it look like Yemeni women are oppressed, weak… That’s not true. Yemeni women are very strong.”
Alia Eshaq, a political analyst and researcher in Yemen, reflects on how the social transformation of women’s status is more related to cultural matters than to political issues in the post-Saleh era.
“They make it look like Yemeni women are oppressed, weak…that’s not true. Yemeni women are very strong,” 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.