Disturbing reports of acid attacks and beatings of women are now coming from Yemen’ southern provinces as women are coming forward and accusing Ansar al-Sharia, an offshoot of al-Qaeda in the region of using violent and repressive methods to impose their rules on women throughout their controlled territories.
One woman, Fatma from Aden, who for obvious reasons preferred to hide her last name, told the Yemen Observer that men from al-Qaeda had harassed her as she was going to the market, calling her a whore for she wasn’t covering her face with the Niqab. “They pushed me around a bit and threaten to hurt me if I continued to defy God. One of them said he would throw acid at my face to forever remind me of my treachery towards Islam.”
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Time Magazine’s 2010 100 most influential people includes Reem al Numery, who at the age of 12 was forced into marriage with her 30-year-old cousin: that she escaped to protest in public, writes Gloria Steinem, is a measure of her exceptional courage and luck.
Hundreds of women protested today in Yemen, urging the government to pass a fiercely debated bill that would ban child marriage: roughly half of Yemeni girls are married before turning 18– with some only half that old.
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In Yemen, a ban on child brides is imperiled as some of Yemen’s most influential Muslim leaders have declared supporters of a ban on child brides to be apostate.
The sexual harassment of women in the streets, schools and work places of the Arab world is driving them to cover up and confine themselves to their homes, said activists at the first-ever regional conference addressing the once taboo topic. In Yemen, where nearly all women are covered from head to toe, activist Amal Basha said 90 percent of women in a published study reported harassment, specifically pinching. “The religious leaders are always blaming the women, making them live in a constant state of fear because out there, someone is following them,” she said.
A 12-year-old Yemeni girl, who was forced into marriage with a 24-year-old man, died during a painful childbirth that also killed her baby, a children’s rights group said Monday: “Although the cause of her death was lack of medical care, the real case was the lack of education in Yemen and the fact that child marriages keep happening,” said Seyaj President Ahmed al-Qureshi.