Up until Friday, not many people would have heard the name Eman al-Obeidy, but following her intense bravery standing up against the Gaddafi regime, and as part of Women's History Month I thought I would take a look at why Eman al-Obeidy has become a hero to many.
Following an upraising and protesting by many of the citizens of Libya, the current regime started to use military force and violence to maintain law and order. Concerned at the acts of violence against his own people, the international community started air strikes against Libyan Military targets. This focused the worlds media on Libya.
Foreign journalists are controlled tightly by the Libyan Government, kept in authorised hotels and are guided around specific sights by Libyan security guards. This means that the information and news coming out of Libya is very limited and often vetted before broadcast, so often the real news stories often go unheard by the world. This was the case until Eman al-Obeidy took things into her own hands.
Aware of where the Journalists were being housed Eman al-Obeidy burst into the hotel and started telling her story. The story she told was horrific and shed light on the true activities of Gaddafi's follows by providing a first hand experience of her treatment.
Eman al-Obeidy is a critic of Gaddafi and she told of how his security forces had beat her, gang raped her, urinated on her and defecated on her. As she was telling her story the hotel staff, who were loyal to Gaddafi started to shout at her and if to prove her point, Eman was beaten, a hood placed on her head and taken away. The journalists did their best to free her but Eman al-Obeidy, still shouting about what had happened to her was taken away to face an investigation about her actions.
The entire incident was filmed, and the footage found it's way out of the country. Eman al-Obeidy's story has been broadcast, and the footage has been seen by millions of viewers on the Internet.
Eman must have known that she was risking her life by telling her story to the worlds media, but she felt that world needed to know about the actions of a cruel and brutal dictator, and her act of bravery has become a true inspiration to many others.
One abused women, one brave act, and one genuine inspiration to so many.