Azerbaijan: Female Believers See Opportunity in Opposition Protests

Nevreste Ibrahimova (yellow shawl), head of the Women's Council of the Islamic Party of Azerbaijan, gathers with other women wrapped in headscarves during an August 18 government opposition rally in Baku. The Islamic Party of Azerbaijan is affiliated with the National Council of Democratic Forces, a union of opposition parties challenging incumbent President Ilham Aliyev in the upcoming election. (Photo: Shahla Sultanova)

Faced with the prospect of potential arrest, police abuse or harassment, few Azerbaijani women seem willing to stick out their necks these days to take a public stance on issues. But for one group of practicing Shi’a Muslim women, the risks are not a deterrent to protesting.

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Shahla Sultanova is a freelance journalist focusing on Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan: Female Believers See Opportunity in Opposition Protests

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