As riot and paramilitary police flood the city of Urumqi in China’s Xinjiang region, Uighur women took to the streets in to protest the imprisonment of their husbands and loved ones.
Women in the market place burst into wailing and chanting as foreign reporters arrived on an official media tour of the riot zone, complaining that police had taken away Uighur men. Authorities have arrested 1,434 people in connection with Sunday’s unrest.
During the Iran election protests, the strong female presence captured the world’s attention and had people questioning if this was a revolution on the revolution. This blogger , Alemayehu G. Mariam ,praises what he calls the courage of Iranian women and compares what happened to the 2005 Ethiopian elections.
If you want to take an example from the Civil Rights movement in the U.S , how about the inspirational example of Rosa Parks.
And you’ve only got to look at Burma to see the iconic power of Aung San Suu Kyi, who yesterday was awarded yet another honorary degree.
And those of you with longer memories will remember “Women for Peace ” in Northern Ireland – one of who’s founders is still campaigning.
Do women have a stronger impact on getting media attention and hence getting their message across? Are authorities a little less willing to clamp down on them ?