Awesome Acts of Disobedience: Yemeni Women Burn their Veils
[Editor's note: This week something truly amazing happened in Yemen. In a righteous display of outrage against the regime, and its brutality against female protestors, Yemeni women burned their veils. That's right. Burned them. No wonder the incident drew international attention. As Adrianne M.P. at Technorati points out, Yemen has a terrible history when it comes to women's rights.--Mona]
The country's women's issues came to light for the first time in 2008, when a 10-year-old girl named Nujood Ali succeeded in obtaining her right to divorce due to constant rape by her husband of his mid-30s and abuse by her in-laws. Ali and her lawyer, Shada Nasser, received acclaim by prominent women around the world and were named "Women of the Year" by Glamour Magazine
Would you be brave enough to challenge your government like these women? Do you think our own political system hurts women? How?