Yemeni Women Want Human Rights

Activist Women in YemenYemen has only one female lawmaker in parliament and nearly 60 percent of women are illiterate

“My face is not shameful; I have every right to walk in the street without covering my face and not be cursed or harassed by people,” posted a 20-year-old Yemeni girl on her Facebook page. Her comment drew mixed reactions, reflecting Yemenis’ polarized positions regarding women’s rights.

“You are right and we all stand by you,” posted Yusif Saleh, adding “Who said women’s faces are shameful?

But another responder, Mohammed Ali, felt very differently. “You can’t under any circumstances call into question our Islamic teachings and you just have to take them as they are,” he wrote.

Muslim scholars do not agree on whether showing a woman’s face is permitted under Islam. Egyptian scholars unequivocally say yes, while those in Saudi Arabia and Yemen say no.

But the issue goes far beyond whether women can show their face. Women in Yemen, who account for just over half of the country’s population, complain of inequality, discrimination and denial of their basic rights. They say they are widely regarded as secondary to men and that unfair tribal and traditional restrictions are imposed on them.

“Women’s rights are ignored and violated in our community,” math teacher Asma Al-Wesabi, 30, told The Media Line. “Before marriage, the father and brothers act as guardians for the woman and when she marries, she gets a new guardian, her husband.”

Covered in black from head to toe including a veil over her face, she said: “Most of us have no say in important matters that concern us, like choosing our husbands, because it’s up to our guardians —either fathers or elder brothers — to decide for us. And we have to accept what they say, even if we disagree with them.”

Read the rest: Women in Yemen Yearn for Freedom.

This is the result of closely following the doctrine of Islam.  Will these women ever obtain basic human rights?  They haven’t been able to so in 1,400 years due to the doctrine which is considered by Muslims as eternal, unchanging and immutable.  So why would it change now?  The more religious the Islamic country, the fewer rights women have.

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About Asma Marwan

The Story of the Poetess Asma bint [daughter of] Marwan and her Death * There was a poetess [in Medina] who wrote a poem against Mohammed and his new way of life, Islam. Mohammed said, “Who will rid me of Marwan’s daughter?” One of his followers heard him and on that very night went to the woman’s home and killed her. The assassin was able to do the work in the dark as the woman slept. Her other children lay in the room, but her babe lay on her breast. The stealthy assassin removed the child and drove the knife into her with such force that he pinned her to the bed. In the morning, he went to Mohammed and told him [what he’d done]. Mohammed said, “You have helped Allah and his Apostle.” When asked about the consequences, Mohammed said, “Two goats won’t butt their heads together over this.” Mohammed turned to the people in the mosque. He said, “If you wish to see a man who has assisted Allah and his Prophet, look ye here.” Omar cried, “What, the blind Omeir?” “No,” said Mohammed, “call him Omeir the Seeing.” * from the Sira (the life of Mohammed) Source Texts Guillaume, A. 1955. The Life of Mohammad: A Translation of Bin Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah Oxford: Oxford University Press, page 996. Muir, Sir William. 1923. The Life of Mohammad: From Original Sources Edinburgh: Reprint, John Grant, page 239.