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Define Empowerment: Female Activists in Libya

From: War News Radio
Length: 07:11

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Libyan women—both expatriates working remotely and nationals involved at home—have been among the earliest supporters of the movement to overthrow Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi since protests began in February 2011. War News Radio’s Amy DiPierro speaks with some of these female activists about how they shaped the war—and how they hope to shape the peace to come.

Libyan_girl_small Libyan women—both expatriates working remotely and nationals involved at home—have been among the earliest supporters of the movement to overthrow Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi since protests began in February 2011. War News Radio’s Amy DiPierro speaks with some of these female activists about how they shaped the war—and how they hope to shape the peace to come.

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DIPIERRO:

When Shahrazad Kablan heard protests had broken out in Tunisia, she was jubilant.

KABLAN:

Oh I loved it! Ha! I jumped on it right away. I was a supporter, the first day actually.

DIPIERRO:

Kablan, an English as a second language teacher currently living in Washington, D.C., spent part of her childhood in Libya during Moammar Gadhafi’s regime. She dreamed that a spark from Tunisia would ignite unrest in her home country.

KABLAN:

I was hoping and wishing it would continue to Libya. And when it jumped and moved to Egypt, I was a little disappointed.

DIPIERRO:

Kablan’s disappointment didn’t last long. By February 17th, anti-government protesters had taken to the streets of Libya, too. Today, Kablan is just one among many claiming the rights she was denied in Gadhafi’s Libya.

Since Gadhafi’s death in October, female activists like Kablan have worked to give women...
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