Libya: Post-Revolution Women Seek Expanded Roles
One recent day in Tripoli, hundreds of people strolled through a charity fundraiser organized by the women in Libya's capital city. Women sold baked goods and handicrafts in rows of stalls. For the kids, there were a moon bounce and face painting. There was even a rock band that could use some practice.
It was a lot like charity bazaars in towns across the U.S., with a couple of notable exceptions: Most of the women wore headscarves, and among the more popular items for sale were hand-knitted versions of the Libyan flag.
The women running this fundraiser are revolutionaries, and they played a large but often unsung role in the uprising that toppled Moammar Gadhafi back in August. Now, they want a larger role in the new government and political system under construction in Libya.
Read the whole article in npr, posted 4th October