Belquis Al Lahabi was a leading voice in Sanaa’s Change Square. In this conservative country—dubbed the worst in the world for women—the revolution offered feminists like Al Lahabi hope for the future. “The revolution didn’t start in a day,” she says in this short documentary. “If any Arab people needed a revolution, it was Yemen.” Sure enough, in February of 2012, President Ali Abdullah Saleh became the fourth authoritarian leader to be toppled in the Arab Spring. But the status of women in Yemen remains a hard-fought battle for Al Lahabi and women like her.
This is the final video in The Trials of Spring, a six-part series about women who were in the front lines of the revolutions of the Arab Spring.