13 Oct 2013

Yemeni Women and the Revolution – Videos for Reuters Foundation

Reuters Foundation recruited filmmaker ( Afro1.com ), Abdurahman Hussein, to interview Videos about Yemeni women and get their views on the revolution, their aspirations, their concerns and hopes for the future of women’s rights.  Big shout out to Sarah Jamal, a SupportYemen member who contributes to the video:

WOMEN OF THE REVOLUTION

After the protests, women were told: ‘Thank you, you’ve gone out to the streets, you have protested, your job is over and now it is our job. – Sarah Jamal 

They make it look like Yemeni women are oppressed, weak… That’s not true. Yemeni women are very strong. – Alia Eshaq 

Women’s voices are now heard.- Amira Al Arasi

Some political forces and civil society organizations use women as an accessory in events, conferences and media to showcase democracy. – Shada Hassan Hottam

When it comes to women in politics, their rights are threatened and often violated. They are being watched closely and their work and behavior are scrutinized. – Nada Alhaj

Islamist forces restrict women greatly and limit their freedom as well as their political activism. They use  religion to foster segregation. – Majda Al Haddad 

I expected more change. I expected women to be stronger. – Abdelradi Sawla

Liberal forces that could support women’s rights are absent and the rise of traditional forces is stronger than ever. – Reem Mohammed mojahed

I believe it’s still too early to talk about my rights as a women to have full citizenship and make my own decisions. – Eila Abdulaziz

Even if women are present in the dialogues, they are expected to talk only about women’s rights. – Saadah Olayah

The leaders are the same old faces but there are other people who are capable of  changing Yemen. That’s why there is strong opportunity. – Laila Hussein

Click  here to watch and listen to more revolutionaries from across the Arab region unravel their thoughts on Women and the Arab uprising.

 

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