June 25 - Women take to the streets of Sanaa joining call for change in Yemen. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Women add their voices to calls for change in Yemen. Like their male counterparts they are looking for an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's rule and want to see a transitional government. Some wore graduations gowns as they took to the streets. They seek no guardians for their country. SOUNDBITE: Protester Najoud al-Magtari, saying (Arabic): "We hope that all negotiations will stop and we will start forming a transitional council as a first step to establish a civil state. We refuse completely any form of external guardianship especially the American and the Gulf guardianship. We started this as a revolution and it will end as a revolution." The UN said it will send human rights investigators to Yemen next week to assess the situation after months of unrest. The United States and regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia are worried that Yemen, rocked by months of popular protests, could slide into violence that would be exploited by al Qaeda to launch attacks in the region and beyond. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters