Middle East Women Help Drive the Revolution; Will They Be Sold Out?

Posted on March 6, 2011


Women in every North African and M.E. country touched by revolution has seen women standing shoulder to shoulder with men, often with bare heads.

A woman who has helped organize and fulfill what ever role is needed in the Libyan Revolution recently remarked:

We are not the heroes, she said. “The heroes are the mothers that are encouraging their children to go fight for freedom and they know that might be the last time they see them. [ABC]

But will these women so crucial to the revolution be betrayed by hard-line Islam?

In a panel discussion hosted by my colleague, “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour, Zainab Salbi, the founder of Women for Women International, said something that elucidated the issue of women’s roles here in Libya – and, indeed across the Middle East – for me.

“We need to look at what happens to women as an indicator for the direction of a society. Usually we look at what happens to women as a marginal issue on the side, we need to shift that,” Salbi said. “Women are [the] bellwether for the society. Progress starts with women.”