These Yemeni women, gathered in Sanaa to celebrate the death of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, predict the same fate for Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
A video showing a female protester shot dead by a sniper in the southern city of Taiz has prompted thousands of women to take to the streets in Yemen. Our Observers say the participation of women could breathe new life into the protest movement.
The death of Azizah Othman during an anti-government march could easily have gone unnoticed in the midst of the bloody repression currently taking place in Yemen. However the story of this 52-year-old woman, who was shot in the head on October 16 in the southern city of Taiz, inspired thousands of women to protest the very next day.
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In Taiz, women marched in memory of one of the city’s first “female martyrs”, while in the capital Sanaa, women protested outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the same time, a rally in support of their cause was held in New York City, featuring Yemen’s most famous activist, Tawakkul Karman, who is one of the three women to have received the Nobel Peace Prize this year.