Amina Tyler, a 19-year-old female activist in Tunisia posed topless for women’s rights. Tyler is a part of the feminist organization, FEMEN, who organize topless protests against religious institutions, international marriage agencies, sexism and other social, national and international topics effecting women in the Mediterranean. Tyler’s photos were sent to FEMEN and she later posted them on Facebook, where they were noticed and sparked reactions from conservatives because, scribbled across her chest were the words, “My body is mine and is not the source of anyone’s honor” and “f*ck your morals” in Arabic on her body.
According to the Huffington Post, a group of Islamic hackers took over the Tunisian organization’s site so you can’t get on it anymore. You can try at your own risk here, but it’s being reported that the topless photos of women on FEMEN were replaced with these words:
“Thanks to God we have hacked this immoral page and the best is yet to come. The page has been hacked and God willing, this debauchery will disappear from Tunisia.”
Those are not the only actions taken against Tyler. She’s also been receiving threats of 80 to 100 lashes via this website–Kapitlalis. However, Tyler’s got her fair share of support in women who are also posing topless, a petition attempting to secure her safety, and there’s a new story everyday popping up, backing up the activist.
Tyler’s actions may have been for a good cause, however, if she’s convicted, under the Tunisian penal code, she could be sentenced to up to six months in prison if there’s a complaint filed. Why would Tyler put herself under these circumstances? Because she’s a woman who’s afraid the Islamist En-Nahda party will rise in power and use those powers to stifle women’s rights. Since last year’s democratic election, women of Tunisia believe En-Nahda will eliminate personal freedom laws.
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