Thursday, March 7, 2013

Poet Speaks For the Women of Libya Post Gadhafi

Libyan poet, Aicha Almagrabi, shared her story about how she was stopped by a group of bearded militiamen after giving a lecture at the university. " They kicked her car, beat up her driver and threatened to do the same to her. Her offense: being alone in a car with men without a male relative as a guardian.
"You have violated the law of God," the militiamen told her, Almagrabi said.
"I said, I teach male students, so should I bring a male guardian with me to classroom?" she told The Associated Press."(Maggie Michael)
This incident is unfortunately a reflection of the changing Libya-post revolution. Ironically, women made up a large part of the protesters that marched in the 8 month civil war to unseat Gadhafi.  Sadly, they are now seeing themselves slowly slip to second-class status. Since Gadhafi's fall, women have seen their rights unraveling before their eyes. It is my hope that they will be able to get back what they've lost, before their voices become silenced.

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