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Women in Yemen

VOA Cairo correspondent Elizabeth Arrott photographed women in Sana'a during a trip to Yemen earlier this year to cover the country's elections.

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Activist Ashwaq Al Rabbeai is among the many young Yemeni women who defied conventions to take part in the uprising. February 18, 2012. (VOA-E. Arrott)
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Activist Ashwaq Al Rabbeai is among the many young Yemeni women who defied conventions to take part in the uprising. February 18, 2012. (VOA-E. Arrott)

Yemen has some of the most restrictive social traditions for women among the Arab Spring countries. This woman was photographed in Sana'a, February 19, 2012. (VOA-E. Arrott)
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Yemen has some of the most restrictive social traditions for women among the Arab Spring countries. This woman was photographed in Sana'a, February 19, 2012. (VOA-E. Arrott)

While a few women show their face, veiling is the norm in Yemen. February 19, 2012. (VOA- E. Arrott)
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While a few women show their face, veiling is the norm in Yemen. February 19, 2012. (VOA- E. Arrott)

Birth rates in Yemen are high - an average of of 6.5 children per woman - while female literacy is less than 50 percent. This photograph was taken in Sana'a. February 20, 2012. (VOA- E. Arrott)
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Birth rates in Yemen are high - an average of of 6.5 children per woman - while female literacy is less than 50 percent. This photograph was taken in Sana'a. February 20, 2012. (VOA- E. Arrott)

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