“Islamist forces restrict women greatly and limit their freedom as well as their political activism. They use religion to foster segregation.”

Majda Al Haddad, a member of the Sahfa Association, says Islamist forces there are using religion to foster segregation and limit women’s freedom and access to society.

“Islamist forces restrict women greatly and limit their freedom as well as their political activism,” she says. “They use religion to foster segregation.”

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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