23 Jul '11, 1pm

Libyan women fight for freedom on the home front via @cmswire

ZINTAN (Libya) - LIBYAN men have had to reassess how they view the fairer sex since the start of the uprising, and when the dust settles the role of women in the north African country may well have changed for ever. The women of Libya - especially in the Nafusa Mountains - were among the protesters before the fighting started, and since then they have readied their sons and husbands for battle and nursed the wounded. Meanwhile, they are also fighting for their own emancipation in the new Libya they are helping their men to forge. Women do not exchange glances on the streets of the conservative Arab city of Zintan at the foot of the Nafusa range in western Libya. Behind walls daubed with graffiti proclaiming a 'Free Libya,' they move like black phantoms, hidden behind the full veil of the niqab. However, the ladies of Libya have felt the winds of change at their backs. They...

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