Yemeni women say equal rights are compatible with Islam
News Consortium – Catholic Online – Friday, 24 August 2012 (originally published 22 Aug)
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – When tens of thousands of women were prominent among the demonstrations, Yemen’s president at the time, Ali Abdullah Saleh accused the women of “un-Islamic” behavior.
Saleh has since turned over power to Vice President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi last February. Tawakul Karman, female journalist, politician and women’s rights activist who became the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize says that there is no merit in this accusation.
“Islam, like other religions, is not in conflict with women’s rights, democracy or any human rights principles or values like equality, justice and dignity,” Karman says. “These are the values of the divine faiths” . . .
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