Magdulein Abaida: a Libyan women’s rights activist in exile

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we reaffirm our solidarity with all women who, like our clients Magdulein Abaida and Jalalian Zeinab, stand strong in the face of oppression.

Magdulein Abaida was campaigning for women’s equality during the drafting of the new Libyan constitution when she was abducted and tortured by a militia group in 2012. She was forced to flee to the UK where she obtained asylum. REDRESS filed a complaint before the UN demanding an apology and compensation for the harm she suffered. You can watch her story below.

Our other client, Jalalian Zeinab, was arrested on International Women’s Day 10 years ago in Iran for her work promoting women’s rights and education in Kurdistan. She was tortured and sentenced to life imprisonment and is currently serving her sentence in Khoy Prison in western Iran. She has suffered from intestinal infections and internal bleeding and is slowly going blind because of an injury that she sustained under torture.

You can read more about her story here.