A theater in France currently has a play about Yemen called Lapidée, which is French for stoned. It looks at the role of women in Muslim society and the weight of tradition on individuals, regardless of their goodwill.
The main characters are Aneke, a Dutch medical student, and a Yemeni man named Abdul. They fall in love and move to Yemen to begin their lives together.
After a peaceful few years and having two daughters, the weight of tradition and the culture of society in Yemen catches up to them. Aneke wants to devote herself to her medical career instead of having more children. She decides to rebel against a society that says that’s not her place as a woman. But even in her rebellion, she is silenced and criticized. Meanwhile, Abdul’s mother encourages him to remarry.
Jean Chollet Naguel (creator of the play): « La violence contre les femmes n’est pas l’apanage des sociétés musulmanes mais en terre d’islam persiste une injustice particulièrement barbare à leur égard : la lapidation. Ce qui nous a conduit à écrire et à réaliser ce spectacle. »
He says that violence against women is not a prerogative of Muslim societies, but in the land of Islam there still remains a barbaric injustice: stoning. This led them to create the play.
The theater where you can see this play, le théâtre Saint-Maur, also currently has an exhibit through April 14th called Femmes et enfants du monde (Women and Children of the World), which features an artist’s photos from around the world.