“Women won’t give up their rights easily. They will fight to preserve them and will face anyone who tries to take them away,”

Oumayma Mahmoudi, a high school student in Tunisia, speaks about how 2011 protests set the foundation for a new and more equal status for women but she says the lack of a constitution and a fragmented political scene could fail to protect women’s rights.

“Women won’t give up their rights easily. They will fight to preserve them and will face anyone who tries to take them away,” 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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