• Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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    Women Lead Protests, in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Italy

    Women in the forefront of protests in Tahrir Square.  Credit:Mohammed Omer

    Women in the forefront of protests in Tahrir Square. Credit:Mohammed Omer

    Across the Arab world, women have stepped into the forefront of dangerous anti-regime protests.

    They have visibly been in the forefront in demonstrations at Tahrir Square, Cairo – in a society where women traditionally have taken a back seat.

    In Tunisia, human rights leader and blogger Lina Ben Mehenni was among the first to get word out about the Tunisian protests early in December through her tweets and blogs – despite police threats.

    In Yemen, another country that has seen major anti-government protests, young woman activist Tawakul Abdel-Salam Karman was leading the charge.

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    Women protest in Rome. Credit:Sabina Zaccaro

    At little geographical distance, a pro-democracy and anti-corruption national movement was simultaneously born in Italy, where the one million women march filled the streets on 13 February.

    Read IPS reports:

    Arab Women Lead the Charge

    It’s a Lot Worse Than Sex Parties

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