Libyan Women Pushed Backward Under U.S.-Supported Counter-Revolutionaries

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Libyan Women Pushed Backward Under U.S.-Supported Counter-Revolutionaries

Libya Women Face Islamist Rise Since Gadhafi Fall

After Gadhafi, Libyan women now press back against rising Islamists

On her way back from her job as a lecturer at a university near Tripoli, Libyan poet Aicha Almagrabi was stopped by a group of bearded militiamen. They kicked her car, beat up her driver and threatened to do the same to her. Her offense: being alone in a car with men without a male relative as a guardian.

“You have violated the law of God,” the militiamen told her, Almagrabi said.

“I said, I teach male students, so should I bring a male guardian with me to classroom?” she told The Associated Press.

Not that the university is immune to increasingly bold conservatives’ views on the role of women. Almagrabi said one student recently told her she shouldn’t be giving lectures because a woman’s…

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