Yemen – Women voice support for Iran protests
Location: Taiz, Yemen
Source: A24 Yemen
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Yemeni women tell A24 that mass protests in Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini give strength to Arab women who are also defending the freedom to choose their clothing and secure inheritance rights.
The twenty-two-year-old Amini was arrested on Sept 13 in Teheran for “unsuitable attire” by the morality police. She died three days later in hospital after falling into a coma.
Many Yemenis oppose Iran’s current government due to Tehran’s support for the Houthi group, which they blame for a bloody seven-year-long civil war.
Student Sama Al-Fadla told A24 that Iranian women have bravely seized an opportunity to defend their rights.
Ghadeer, a student at Taiz University, added that the killing of women in Iran for not wearing a headscarf is a form of oppression not practiced by Arab governments.
Soundbite (Zainab Al-Zuhairi – Student at Taiz University):
“I think that after women’s protests in Iran, other women in Iran and in the Arab world will have the courage and the ability to demand their rights; the right to dress, inherit, work, study, and all other rights. Whenever women demand their rights, they are oppressed. We hope that the protests in Iran will encourage women to demand their rights without being kidnapped, tortured, threatened or killed, as happened with the Iranian activist.”
Soundbite (Ghadeer Bader – Student in Taiz University):
“Women in Iran only demanded their rights to live like Arab and European women all over the world. I don’t think that the oppression of women in Iran is practiced in Qatar, the Emirates, or Saudi Arabia. They do not sentence women to death for not wearing the hijab.”
Soundbite (Sama Al-Fadhli – Student at Taiz University):
“This is a purely social revolution that may lead to the formation of women’s associations and blocs. Women now feel that they are free to defend their rights, not as in the past. Iranian women in the past were afraid of the regime itself to defend their rights. The killing of this woman affected the mentality of women in Iran and in organizations in the world.”