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Jakarta Post

Recap 2011: Important year for women across the world

  • Fitri Bintang Timur

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 4 2012   /  09:30 am

The past year should not be taken lightly by women, since it was the year when female empowerment movements began to show the fruits of their respective struggles.

For global politics, 2011 was marked by regime changes, global protests and examples that authoritarian regimes do not last forever. Not a single case of these events passed without female
participation.

Many people were shocked by the waves of protest across the Middle East and North Africa; long-standing regimes were toppled in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt.

Stereotypes of women from this region as culturally oppressed and not being able to stand up in public were also challenged.

Muslim women marched with their Islamic brotherhood, giving Islam a new confidence in female participation.

Not a few women were beaten, arrested and shot in Arab revolutions. As always, there were stories of