Saturday, September 17, 2011

Libyan women: it's our revolution too

Women played a crucial role in overthrowing Gaddafi and yet the National Transitional Council has only one female in post

Chris Stephen and Irina Kalashnikova in Misrata, David Smith in Tripoli, Friday 16 September 2011

"They smuggled bullets in handbags, tended wounded fighters, cooked meals for frontline units, sold their jewellery to buy combat jeeps and sewed the flags that fly in liberated cities. But with the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi almost complete, many Libyan women are asking whether it's their revolution too.

This week Mustafa Abdul Jalil, chairman of the governing National Transitional Council, announced before cheering crowds in Tripoli's Martyrs' Square that "women will be ambassadors, women will be ministers".

To which the question from many women is – when?....."

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