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Yemeni women pray during a rally marking the third anniversary of the revolution, Sanaa, Yemen, Feb. 7, 2014 (AP photo by Hani Mohammed).

Yemen’s Women Fight to Protect Uprising’s Gains Amid New Turmoil

, Friday, April 24, 2015

When Kawkab Althaibani demonstrated in Change Square in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, during the 2011 protests against then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, her heart, she recalls, “was full of hope.” Today, six weeks after Houthi militias surrounded her house in Sanaa looking for her husband, an outspoken critic of the group, she is in Istanbul, where she fled the insecurity of Yemen’s civil war to seek asylum for her and her family.

Althaibani is just one of many Yemeni women who once believed that the 2011 uprising was the harbinger of a more moderate, more inclusive and peaceful Yemen. Despite violence from security forces, electrical cuts and food shortages during those protests, Yemenis of all stripes gathered in Change Square for months on end, determined to oust Saleh after more than 30 years of cronyism, corruption and uncontested power. ...

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