Magdulien Abaida: Women Played a Critical Role in Ousting Gaddafi

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 09:07
Submitted by Carlin Ross

25 year old Magdulien Abaida grew up on the shores of the Mediterranean in Libya's capital, Tripoli. When the revolution broke out she traveled to Cairo and Paris campaigning against the regime and organizing medical supplies and aid for the rebels.

When the revolution was over and Gaddafi was ousted, she planned to focus on women's rights but became concerned by the rising influence of Islamic fundamentalists:

"It was a big shock for us. This is not why we made the revolution - not for men to marry four women," we wanted more rights, not to destroy the rights of half of the society."

Ultimately, she was kidnapped, beaten and threatened by these extremists - she escaped to the UK and was recently granted asylum.

In her own words:

"It's very bad that you put yourself in danger to work hard for this revolution, and then in the end you have to leave it because it's not a safe place for you anymore."

Magdulien is carrying on her campaign for women's rights in Libya from the UK. We will see this courageous woman on the global stage and I can't wait to see what she's going to accomplish for women in the middle east.

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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