Feminists Get Their Tits Out For Teenage Saudi Refugee
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:27 pm
Group of 'secret sisters' host a topless protest in Sydney's Martin Place demanding Saudi refugee be granted asylum in Australia
A group of young feminists staged a topless protest in Sydney's CBD this morning to demand a Saudi teenage refugee be given asylum in Australia.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, flew to Bangkok last week saying she feared her family would kill her after she renounced Islam and 'rebelled' against her father.
The Australian government yesterday said it is considering granting her asylum, sparking a group called Secret Sisterhood to stage a naked protest to support her.
a group of people walking down a street: Demonstration: A group of young feminists staged a topless protest in Sydney's CBD this morning to demand a Saudi teenage refugee be given asylum in Australia.
They posted on social media a video of their protest in Martin Place in which they stood topless with signs reading 'let her in'.
The group also set up a fundraising page for the teenager which had raised more than $3,000 by this morning.
The page read: 'Rahaf Alqunun, still a teen at 18 years old, has demonstrated a huge amount of courage fleeing from her country and her family in Saudi Arabia.
'As a global Secret Sisterhood, we will look after her once she arrives safely, but we need help to make sure she has resettlement and protection funds. Because her story has gained worldwide attention these funds are needed for her to set up safely in a new country.'
Last night, Ms al-Qunun reacted with joy the news of possible asylum, writing on Twitter: 'Is it true??? Australia wants me to go there??? I'm so happy.
The 18-year-old's message was accompanied by a series of emojis, including praying hands, a smiley face and a dancing woman.
Australia's Department of Home Affairs revealed on Wednesday it will consider Ms al-Qunun referral from the UN, which ruled she was a refugee.
'The UNHCR has referred Ms Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun to Australia for consideration for refugee resettlement,' a statement from the department said.
'The Department of Home Affairs will consider this referral in the usual way, as it does with all UNHCR referrals.'
Ms al-Qunun will be subject to Australian checks before she is granted a humanitarian visa, including character and security assessments.
But Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said al-Qunun will not be given any 'special treatment'.
'Nobody wants to see a young girl in distress and she has obviously now found a safe haven in Thailand,' Mr Dutton said.