How women played a major role in Yemen’s Arab Spring

Yemen was one of the first countries to be embroiled in the Arab Spring riots that struck the Middle East and North Africa 10 years ago.

There women were part of the protests against unemployment, economic conditions and corruption in which the longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh was overthrown from power.

But how much has changed for women since the uprising now that the war gripped Yemen?

BBC Monitoring’s Sumaya Bakhsh spoke to Ishraq al-Maqtari, one of the first women to take to the streets. The lawyer and women’s rights activist recalls that the uprising was an unprecedented opportunity for women to hear their voices.

Video produced by Suniti Singh

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