September 15, 2020

When Women Lead Protest Movements

By YASMEEN SERHAN

One of the most striking things about the prodemocracy protests in Belarus has been the outsize role of women. A woman, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, has emerged as the unlikely political challenger to longtime Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Two of the country’s highest-profile opposition figures, who have been abducted or compelled to flee the country, are women. One of them, Maria Kolesnikova, tore upher passport to prevent her forced exile. And women made up some of the earliest demonstrations against the election result.