Abdeiradi Sawia, a university student in Yemen, explains how gender discrimination is deep rooted in the culture of the country.
The Arab Spring didn’t change the culture but the fact that for some women the revolution meant a change is a positive sign for the concretisation of equal rights, she says.
“Women won’t give up their rights easily, they will fight to preserve them and will face anyone who tries to take them away. “
“I expected more change. I expected women to become stronger.”
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.