Women in Arab world treated like ‘furniture’
First Posted 07:52:00 06/13/2009
Filed Under: Women, Foreign affairs & international relations, Human Rights
ROME –Women in the Arab and Muslim world are treated like “furniture” and the situation requires a “feminine revolution”, said Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, ANSA news agency reported Friday.
“Women are like a piece of furniture you can change when you want and nobody will ever question why you did so,” Kadhafi told an audience of women who included leading figures from the world of culture, politics and the economy.
“The world needs a feminine revolution based on a cultural revolution,” he added, without elaborating.
Kadhafi, on the third and final day of a visit to Italy, evoked great women in Italian history, from the writer Matilde Serao to actress Claudia Cardinale.
Before his speech, Italy’s equal opportunities minister Mara Carfagna said she would call on Kadhafi to support moves to ensure that African women could benefit from the rights enjoyed by women around the world.
Kadhafi, who has in the past described himself as a defender of the feminist cause, has a unit of women-only bodyguards trained at an elite Libyan officers’ academy.
Let’s pray for our sisters in the Arab world.