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Des bodygards au secours des Egyptiennes

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"Des dizaines de mains se sont posées sur moi, certaines ont commencé à toucher mes cuisses ... J'ai commencé à crier ... Puis, cinq ou six hommes m'ont tirée loin du cercle au moment où l'un des assaillants essayait de retirer mes vêtements.

Comment expliquer que le même scénario se répète en toute impunité? Une femme voilée, ou non, décide de manifester sur la place Tahrir avec des amis. Après son arrivée sur la place, une multitude masculine et malveillante l’enserre et l’agresse. Seules pendant quelques minutes, de nombreuses victimes confient avoir crû mourir entre les mains des assaillants. Mais toutes n’oseront pas mener l’affaire devant les tribunaux, apeurées et fatiguées à l’idée de braver un système judiciaire qui ne leur reconnaît pas le statut de victime.«Compte tenu de l’entreprise de stigmatisation  dont souffrent les femmes victimes d’harcèlement sexuel, et de l’attitude des autorités judiciaires, de nombreux cas (d’attaques) ne sont pas signalés. Celles qui portent plainte font  face à un mur d’indifférence et même à du mépris dans leur lutte pour la justice», a déclaré Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, directrice adjointe du programme Moyen-Orient et Afrique du Nord d’Amnesty International.

« C’est un combat. »

Pour palier à ce  laxisme institutionnel, des associations s’organisent pour mettre sur pied des campagnes de sensibilisation et d’auto-défense. Parce qu’être agressée sur la place Tahrir ne doit jamais devenir une fatalité, des groupes de bénévoles sont formés pour venir au secours des femmes harcelées. « Nous ne pouvons pas rester silencieux. Nous ne pouvons le tolérer », indique Mohamed El-Khatib, l’un des volontaires de l’organisation  Opération contre le harcèlement et les agressions sexuelles. « Je sais que c’est une chose risquée. Mais c’est un combat. Nous ne devons pas les laisser gagner.

L’Opération contre le harcèlement sexuel , connue sous le nom OpAntiSH, rassemble une dizaine de bénévoles issus de la société civile et d’associations des droits de l’homme. Ils étaient une centaine à être mobilisées lors des dernières manifestations sur la place Tahrir. Et chaque groupe a une tâche spécifique: l’extraction des victimes, le transport de vêtements et de fournitures médicales dont  elles pourraient avoir besoin, la sensibilisation des manifestants …(...)

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merci a ces benevoles et honte au gouvernement qui ne protege pas les femmes !!!! shame
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Egypt faces uphill battle on sexual violence

Egypt faces uphill battle on sexual violence | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

With the recent justifications being pushed by conservative Islamist elements in Egypt after a massive rise in horrific violence against women protesters in and around Tahrir Square, Egyptian women are finally getting the much deserved international attention they need to help combat this enduring social problem that is facing the country.

On Tuesday, activists across the globe are to unite at Egyptian embassies and consulates in a global day of protest against sexual violence and rape of female protesters in the country in recent weeks. The action should help bring forward more discussion on the nature of sexual violence in the country, however it does not go far enough.

It is important to protest and make known the violent nature of the male-dominated Egyptian society and the brutal attacks against women in Tahrir Square, including the stripping and assaults that have spiraled out of control. Despite the headlines that portrayed these actions as “shocking” for most Egyptian women, these are not shocking. This is part of being a woman in modern Egypt, where harassment, assault and rape has become a daily fear.(...)

As we in the media push forward on attempting to make sense of these senseless crimes, we must also remember that the pandemic of sexual assault, rape and violence against women is not unique to activism, or even Tahrir Square. It happens everyday in Egypt, against women simply walking the streets, in their home – marital rape. It’s everywhere. Women are treated as second-class citizens in a country they have been instrumental in changing. It is a sad reality that anyone with knowledge of Egypt must know all-too-well. Especially if they are a woman. It is time for change, and while protests are a start, it won’t be enough. (...)

Last year, I interviewed Nawal Saadawi for The Progressive magazine in the United States. She talked about the need for women to be at the forefront of the decision-making process as Egypt’s revolution continues. She argued that “the revolution will take years to be successful. There are no quick fixes.”

 

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Egypt's Women Of Mass Destruction

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Does the Egyptian prime minister's gaff about rural women's breasts belie the belief among Egypt's new Islamist leadership that women are the source of all society's ills?

When it comes to confessionals, Egypt's unpopular prime minister, Hisham Qandil, has redefined the term "making a clean breast of things." With the country in the grips of a new wave of protests and street clashes and the economy in tatters, the premier decided to get a vital matter off his chest during an open meeting with the media: rural women's breast.

"There are villages in Egypt in the 21st century where children get diarrhoea [because] the mother nurses them and out of ignorance does not undertake personal hygiene of her breasts," he said, to the visible discomfort of his audience, especially the women in it.

sarcastic social and independent media, with many requesting advice from the PM on other health and domestic issues.

"A question to his eminence the prime minister," one Twitter user wrote, "can I wash my boy's clothes with his father's white galabiya or will the colours bleed?"

"Mum says she wants the recipe for Balah el-Sham in your next press conference," another requested.

"Soon, they'll be broadcasting Qandil's press conferences on Fatafeat [a cookery channel]," one wit predicted.

There are other unexpected causes of the runs, one commenter revealed: "I'm the one who got diarrhoea when I realised you were Egypt's prime minister." And this observer is not alone: Millions of Egyptians view this former irrigation minister as Egypt's new secretary of state for irritation.

Although stage fright -- or performance anxiety -- caused by speaking before the tame cameras of Egypt's state television may have caused Qandil to confuse women's nipples with the teats of baby bottles, there is the possibility, however faint, that the prime minister is privy to some groundbreaking research of which the rest of us humble mortals are unaware.(...)

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Qandil's remarks confirm previous theories that denial truly is a river running through the minds of Egyptian officials.

 

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Les femmes dans le monde arabe et méditerranéen

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 Université populaire Méditerranée & Moyen-Orient
Cycle n° 5 Samedi 9 février

iReMMO 5, rue Basse des Carmes 75005 Paris (Maubert Mutualité) - 01 43 29 05 65

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Séance 1 : 10h30-12h30 : Histoire et état des lieux de la condition des femmes dans le « monde arabe », avec Sonia Dayan Herzbrun, professeure de Sciences Sociales à l’Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7.  Elle est Directrice de la Revue Tumultes, revue interdisciplinaire sur les phénomènes politiques contemporains.

Séance 2 : 14h-16h : Femmes et féminisme en Iran, avec Azadeh Kian, professeur de sociologie à l’Université Paris 7 – Diderot, chercheure associée à l’UMR Mondes iranien et indien, CNRS, elle est également directrice du Credef et des Cahiers du Cedref, son dernier ouvrage s’intitule : L’Iran : un mouvement sans révolution ? (Michalon, 2011).

Séance 3 : 16h-18h : Qu’est-ce que le féminisme islamique ?, avecZahra Ali, doctorante en sociologie à l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Ehess) et à l’Institut français pour le Proche-Orient (Ifpo), engagée depuis de nombreuses années au sein de dynamiques musulmanes, féministes et antiracistes. Elle est l’auteure de Féminismes islamiques (La Fabrique, 2012).


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Amnesty International Report on Gender-Based Violence against women in Tahrir

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In February, Amnesty International published a report on violence against women in Tahrir Square.

In February, Amnesty International published a report on violence against women in Tahrir Square.

 

Extract:

Violent sexual assaults against women, including rapes, have surged in the vicinity of Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square in recent months. They peaked in scale and brutality on 25 January 2013 during protests commemorating the second anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak. (....)

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Rights group warns of repeated mob-led sexual assaults in Egypt if perpetrators go unpunished

Rights group warns of repeated mob-led sexual assaults in Egypt if perpetrators go unpunished | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
"Horrific, violent attacks on women, including rape in the vicinity of Tahrir Square, demonstrate that it's now crucial (Egyptian) President (Mohammed) Morsi takes drastic steps to end this culture of impunity and gender-based discrimination," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui of Amnesty International

An international rights group warns that mob-led sexual assaults targeting Egypt's female protesters could increase if perpetrators are not punished.

The London-based Amnesty International says statements from victims show that assaults follow a "clear pattern," where mobs of men encircle the victims, assault them with weapons and hands and then try to undress them

 

"Horrific, violent attacks on women, including rape in the vicinity of Tahrir Square, demonstrate that it's now crucial (Egyptian) President (Mohammed) Morsi takes drastic steps to end this culture of impunity and gender-based discrimination," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui of Amnesty International.



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Egyptian women learn self-defense to combat harassment

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A women’s initiative that goes by the name “Shoft Taharosh” (I Saw Harassment) has began a free training program to teach women self-defense against all types of physical assaults. 

The training sessions will begin on Friday, February 8, 2013 where Martial Arts professionals will trian 20 young women over eight sessions. 

"Shoft Taharosh" member, Fathy Farid, has said that the program aims to train 10, 000 women by the end of 2013, starting with Cairo then expanding to other governorates. 

He added that most of the Martial Arts professionals involved in the program are volunteers, adding that Martial Arts training will not be included in the program, but skills that could be useful in individual or group assaults will be. (Aswat Masriya)

 

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Female genital mutilation: A bitter experience

Today marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, a practice that affects nearly 140 million girls and women worldwide, the majority in Africa, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). In November 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

The resolution declared a global ban on the practice that came to enthrone years of exerted efforts by civil society organisations. While the UN resolution is not legally binding, it puts international and political pressure on governments to take the necessary steps to end the practice; Egypt included.

After years of women’s rights advocacy and awareness against FGM/C (interchangeable with “female circumcision”) in Egypt, there was a remarkable drop in the prevalence rate of the practice from 97% to 91.1% among women aged 15-49, according to the Demographic Health Survey carried out by the United Nations Population Fund in 2008. (Sarah El Masry/Daily News Egypt)

 

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Global Protest Against Sexual Terrorism Practiced on Egyptian Women

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mardi 12 février 2013

The nearest Egyptian Embassy of our place of residency all over the world 6pm local time

 

Sexual terrorism is a new technique used by organized mobs in Egypt aiming to injure, undermine, humiliate and scare to death the female protesters at Tahrir Square, during the ongoing Egyptian revolution. 

Here is how it happens: a woman finds herself suddenly separated from her friends and encircled in the midst of 100, 200, 300 men. They tear off her clothes with knives that mutilate her body,they twist her neck and pull her hair to forcibly kiss her, hundreds of hands are touching her body as she is being collectively raped with fingers incrusted into her genitals. The attack can last for 1 or 2 hours, during which the woman is dragged by the horde from one place to another, across the floor through mud and sewage. The persons who try to help her get equally attacked: males get choked with clothing or threatened with knives, females get encircled to undergo the same horror. 
Not only that, but when the victim finally manages to escape, most places refuse to offer her shelter… Because up till now, in the eyes of society, SHE is the one held responsible of the suffered crime, not the agressor. In the eyes of society, SHE is considered to be the symbol of shame, not those who try to silence her. Sexual harassment has become so deeply rooted and accepted in the Egyptian society for the past decades that today we have come to witness the most horrific aspect of it, practiced as a political tool.
On January 25th, 2013, the number and level of attacks raised to reach 19 cases who were reported to be brutally raped/harassed in Tahrir Square, not to mention all the unreported ones. 

In the face of these atrocities, a group of initiatives were created such as Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment or Tahrir Body-Guard, where young Egyptians have organized and trained themselves to combat the sexual assaults. They also provide follows-up to women and girls who have suffered the attacks. These groups have succeeded in saving several victims, despite the fact that they get attacked themselves during the operations. The number of their volunteers is growing and their efforts are tireless. As Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment stated in a recent video:
"We will not stay silent. We will not be broken. We will not be ashamed."

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We, citizens of all nationalities all around the world, will not sit and watch in silence the suffering of the spreading epidemic of sexual terrorism. We want to show our support, solidarity and admiration to the victims who paid with their own flesh the price of the ongoing revolution, and to the heroic volunteers who are risking their lives for a safe Tahrir.

Therefore on Tuesday February 12, 2013, at 6:00 pm local time, we will gather in front of the nearest Egyptian embassy of our place of residency all over the world. 

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LET US RAISE OUR VOICES BECAUSE: 

- We accuse the Ruling Party for not taking strict measures to prevent organized thugs attacking, stripping, raping, injuring and killing the protesters;

- We hold responsible the Egyptian police and governmental institutions for not offering the necessary protection and safety to the female Egyptian citizens. Not only that, but the police itself practices the crime of sexual harassment/assault;

- We blame the past and current Egyptian parliament for condoning the crime of sexual harassment/assault by not issuing any strict law punishing it;

- We condemn the social acceptability of Harassment and Rape by the Egyptian society, which points the finger of blame on the victim instead of the aggressor;

- We hold accountable the irresponsible media for focusing on personal and intimate details of the victim, instead of denouncing the criminal act;

- We urge every revolutionary group, political party or individual to speak up and take IMMEDIATE action against both the sexual attacks committed by organized mobs aiming to tarnish the image of Tahrir and terrorize the protestors, and the sexual harassment targeting Egyptian women and girls on a daily basis in the streets of their own country. 
Fighting sexual humiliation and aggression should be a TOP PRIORITY in the noble strive for freedom and dignity of the Egyptian people;

- We salute every hero and heroine of the ongoing Egyptian revolution! 
You teach us courage, perseverance and determination.

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Coalition condemns violence against women in Egypt

Daily News Egypt
Numerous movements, political parties, organisations and individuals took a united stand on violence against women. In a statement titled “Sexual violence and torture against women will not break their struggle to complete the revolution”, the wide range of signatories strongly condemned the chronic problem of sexual violence against women, especially in Tahrir Square during demonstrations.

“In an attempt to break women’s participation in the struggle to achieve the demands of the 25 January Revolution of ‘dignity, freedom, and social justice’, organised groups began using sexual violence as a weapon against women: from insults and harassment, to rape, gang rape, sexual mutilation and attempted murder,” said the beginning of the statement.

The group said that this was only the most recent global phenomenon in which sexual violence was used as a weapon against women, citing Rwanda, Bosnia, Serbia, Darfur, Iraq and Syria as past and current examples. The statement expressed disappointment in those who were silent about the current problem and those who sought to silence those speaking out against it, thus perpetuating the social stigma surrounding victims of sexual assault or rape.

“But Egyptian women decided to talk, to make all those in power live up to their responsibilities in the face of these repressive practices that not only degrade women, but also seek to break the will of the Egyptian people,” the statement continued.

The group blamed the “ruling political regime” for using sexual violence as Mubarak’s did and vowed to take legal and social stands against perpetrators.

Dozens of organisations including the El Nadeem Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and the New Woman Foundation signed the statement.

Eight movements including the Revolutionary Socialists and the Free Egypt Movement approved the document. Seven political parties including Al-Dostour, the Free Egyptians and the Popular Current were also among the signatories.

Over a hundred prominent politicians, activists and other figures in Egyptian society also signed the statement, including former television anchor Bothaina Kamel, Abdel Gelil Mostafa, and George Ishaq.

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Egypt court strikes down challenge to FGM criminalization

Egypt court strikes down challenge to FGM criminalization | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt’s Constitutional Court decided on Sunday to strike down a legal challenge against article 242 of the criminal code that criminalizes female genital mutilation (FGM).

A fundamentalist cleric, sheikh Youssef el-Badri, had appealed against the said article, challenging its constitutionality.

Human rights lawyer and head of the center for Egyptian economic and social rights Khaled Ali told Aswat Masriya on Sunday that he came forward to the court to insist upon keeping the law that forbids the act.

The plaintiff had challenged a decision of 2007 by the health minister that forbids surgical operations that include cutting of women’s reproductive systems whether at governmental hospitals or private ones.

 

The court said that FGM would only be allowed in cases of a "medical necessity" and a certificate would have to be produced in such cases from the gynecological department of a hospital.

Egypt’s Azhar – most prestigious Islamic body – had more than once condemned the act, describing it as a crime against women.

Article 242 of Egypt’s criminal code states that anyone who conducts such surgeries will be subject to a minimum of three months and a maximum of two years punishment.


The Egyptian Center for Child Rights issued a statement welcoming the court's decision.

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Head of the center, Hani Helal, said that this verdict confirms the right of female children to protection from all harmful traditional practices such as FGM. He stressed upon the need to prosecute the perpetrators of such practices.

The World Health Organization recognizes FGM as a violation of human rights of women and children, as it violates a person’s right to health, security, and physical integrity.

Meanwhile, some ultraconservative religious figures endorse the practice, claiming that is sunnah (acts and words ascribed to the prophet Muhammad), which makes it a religious duty.

More than 90 percent of Egyptian girls are circumcised, according to official estimates.

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Lectures et usages féministes de l’islam

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Cet ouvrage, qui constitue à certains égards un manifeste, bat en brèche l’idée selon laquelle féminisme et islam seraient incompatibles. Onze auteures, qui se réclament pour la plupart du féminisme islamique et dont certaines sont des figures de proue de ce mouvement intellectuel, expliquent comment le Coran peut être la source de revendications visant à remettre en question l’ordre patriarcal, et ce, dans différents contextes (France, Malaisie, Égypte, Iran, Syrie). Au regard des publications académiques existant sur ce sujet en langue française [1], le but ici est clairement d’initier un large public à cette démarche. Les auteures écrivent pour une partie d’entre elles à la fois en tant que participantes au mouvement et en tant qu’universitaires en sciences humaines et sociales.


Paris, La Fabrique, 2012. 234 p

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Zahra Ali, militante et sociologue qui a coordonné l’ouvrage, synthétise, dans une introduction utile et pédagogique, les trois « domaines » dans lesquels les féministes islamiques travaillent : premièrement, elles révisent la jurisprudence islamique (fiqh) et l’exégèse coranique (tafsir) afin de réfuter les lectures « masculines et sexistes » des textes (p. 24). Deuxièmement, elles mettent en lumière le rôle des femmes dans l’histoire de l’islam et des sociétés musulmanes et cherchent à constituer un savoir par les femmes sur les femmes. L’une des contributrices, Asma Lamrabet, médecin marocaine exerçant à Rabat et auteure de plusieurs ouvrages relevant du féminisme islamique, insiste à cet égard sur le double apport de cette relecture historique permettant de contrer tant les interprétations « patriarcales » que l’image monolithique et anhistorique de l’islam circulant dans les « sociétés occidentales ». Troisièmement, les féministes islamiques élaborent une pensée féministe autour des « principes fondamentaux de justice et d’égalité » participant d’une réforme de la pensée musulmane orthodoxe.


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UN concerned about rising violence against female protesters in Egypt

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The top United Nations official tasked with advancing gender equality today expressed “deep concern” about the escalating violence against women in Egypt, particularly those protesting in the days following the second anniversary of the revolution.
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“UN Women is deeply disturbed by the gravity of recent attacks against women, including the reports of sexual assault, many of which occurred in the same Tahrir Square in which women rallied to contribute to a better future for their country,” the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, Michelle Bachelet, said in a statement.

Some 25 women were reportedly sexually assaulted in Tahrir in downtown Cairo in demonstrations in recent days, in some cases with extraordinary violence, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. High Commissioner Navi Pillay deplored the attacks and the fact that authorities have failed to prevent them or bring the perpetrators to justice.

According to reports, tens of thousands of people took part in the demonstrations against President Mohamed Morsy, two years after mass protests toppled then President Hosni Mubarak and led to a transition period in the country.

At least 53 people were reportedly killed in the latest wave of protests and nearly 2,000 injured. The violence spurred Morsy to declare a 30-day state of emergency and curfew in Ismailia, Suez and Port Said districts.

In her statement today, Bachelet urged Egyptian leaders to put in place the legislation and mechanisms that ensure the protection of women and children, and to promote human rights for all.

“As a vibrant force in civil society, women continue to press for their rights, equal participation in decision-making, and the upholding of the principles of the revolution by the highest levels of leadership in Egypt.”

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Fear and loathing in Egypt

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When I walk into Tahrir Square alone these days, carrying my notebook, I try to remain calm, act like I belong and move with the cascading crowds.

If you seem scared or intimidated, they smell your fear.

Like other female reporters, I have grown accustomed to being constantly on guard while doing my job. But that can't guarantee safety. Sexual assaults on women protesters — and journalists — have become commonplace in Cairo.

In late January, the United Nations strongly urged the Egyptian government to act, saying it had received 25 reports of assaults on women in Tahrir Square in a single week — 19 of them in a single day. One young woman was hospitalized with lacerations after being raped with a sharp object. Witnesses described bite marks all over the woman's body.

Earlier this month, a public gang rape of two young women in Tahrir Square was caught on video. Dozens of men surrounded the women like they were pieces of meat. Some men who tried to help were also sexually assaulted. The victims said the attack against them was very systematic, almost as if it had been planned.

This week, a report from Amnesty International concluded that the government's failure to aggressively pursue perpetrators of the harassment "has fueled violent attacks against women in the vicinity of Tahrir Square."

Every day on the job, I wonder: "Is today my turn?" As a journalist, my job is to remain neutral and objective. But, as a woman in Egypt, simply being out in society and doing my job might be considered an act of rebellion and resistance.

 

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Op-ed: Rape of a nation : EgyptMonocle

Op-ed: Rape of a nation : EgyptMonocle | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Last December India witnessed a horrifying gang rape crime in Delhi. A 23-year-old woman was raped by five men on a bus. I won’t get into the morbid details, but suffice it to say that the victim of this barbaric act has died of her injuries.

 

We have been brought up naively and falsely to believe that incidents of this kind do not happen in Egypt. But I remember thinking that when news of the Delhi rape broke that surely similar crimes are committed in our nation but are hardly ever reported or covered by the media. Whatever the reasons for silence about rape cases, there is no doubt in my mind that Egyptian women are exposed to this kind of terror as well. Especially so with the recent escalation in the number of sexual harassment cases which occur on a daily basis while women are pursuing their daily lives or most prominently during protests in Tahrir Square.

Just last night, a brave Egyptian women appeared on TV and relayed her version of a mass sexual assault incident in Tahrir Square. Again, I don’t want to get into the details of the incident because it has already been covered by the press but the phrase “rape by hands” should be enough for any reader to visualize what took place.

Ironically, also last night several viewers witnessed live on TV the brutal assault of a man by security forces near the Presidential Palace. The man’s clothes were shamelessly stripped off and he was dragged naked in the street towards a central security forces truck by uniformed men and only God knows what form of further torture he was exposed to beyond the view of the cameras. This too is an illegitimate and metaphoric form of rape of civilians in a nation that continues to claim its high moral ground and unlike India “we do not have such rape cases” – a claim that couldn’t be further from the truth.

In fact, the people of our nation are all being raped somehow. I am not merely talking about the sexual act, which is an unforgivable reality, but I am talking about people being stripped of their dignity and human rights, which is what the January 25 revolution two years ago was addressing.

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In a nation where young children and old women sleep on the street from fatigue on the cold pavements with no shelter; in a nation where it is reported that 16 million people live in slums probably also brutally exposed to the cold winter nights; in a nation where people eat out of garbage cans, there is no doubt that by the most conservative estimates, a little under a quarter of Egyptians do not enjoy their basic human rights.

 

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Raping women in Tahrir NOT ‘red line’: Egyptian preacher Abu Islam

Raping women in Tahrir NOT ‘red line’: Egyptian preacher Abu Islam | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

An Egyptian Salafi preacher said raping and sexually harassing women protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square is justified, calling them “crusaders” who “have no shame, no fear and not even feminism.”

In an online video posted Wednesday, Ahmad Mahmoud Abdullah, known as “Abu Islam” and owner of the private television channel of “al-Ummah,” said these women are no red line. 

“They tell you women are a red line. They tell you that naked women -- who are going to Tahrir Square because they want to be raped -- are a red line! And they ask Mursi and the Brotherhood to leave power!,” he said.

 

Abu Islam added that these women activists are going to Tahrir Square not to protest but to be sexually abused because they had wanted to be raped. (Al-Arabiya News)

 

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Muslim Brotherhood's El-Erian sends 'message of respect' to Egypt's women

Muslim Brotherhood's El-Erian sends 'message of respect' to Egypt's women | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

As increasing reports of sexual harassment and violence targeting female protesters have been creating uproar amongst Egyptians, leading Muslim Brotherhood member and Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Vice President Essam El-Erian sent a message of appreciation to Egypt's women Al Ahramonline reported.

In a post made early Thursday on his Facebook page, El-Erian stated that in every man's life there are people who have made a huge difference and impacted him greatly

 

"Those who have most left an imprint on me are Sara (my mother), Fatema (my wife), Sara, Samia and Asmaa (my daughters)," El-Erian said.

 

El-Erian mentioned his mother's efforts as a widow, raising him and his three siblings into faithful, loving and responsible men.

 

"My wife has stayed patient with me over many years, as witness to my frequent arrests and detentions, and like my mother has never complained," the Brotherhood heavyweight asserted.

 

El-Erian also acknowledged his daughters, "Who are like flowers in the middle of a hectic life filled with work and sacrifices."

 

El-Erian, concluding his message, stated: "Here is an example of Egyptian women working and striving both within and outside the home for the good of a better nation for all of us, free from injustice, corruption, tyranny and harassment."

 

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Hundreds march against sexual harassment in downtown Cairo

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Hundreds of Egyptians on Wednesday afternoon staged a protest march against sexual harassment and violence against women from Cairo’s Sayyida Zeinab Square to the nearby Tahrir Square.

 

The rally brought together men and women of different backgrounds and ages, in addition to activists who held banners aloft bearing slogans against sexual harassment.

"Silence is unacceptable; my anger will be heard," one banner read.  "A safe square for all; Down with sexual harassment!" read another.

Marchers also shouted chants against President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood group from which he hails. (Aswat Masriya)

 

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Les manifestants, hommes et femmes, ont défilé de la mosquée Sayyeda Zeinab jusqu'à la place emblématique de Tahrir, brandissant des portraits de célèbres femmes égyptiennes et scandant des slogans contre le ministère de l'Intérieur qu'ils accusent d'avoir échoué à arrêter ce genre de violences. 

"Ministère de voyous", "la rue est à nous", ont ils scandé. 

Parallèlement, l'organisation Amnesty International a appelé le président Mohamed Morsi à prendre des "mesures drastiques" pour mettre fin à ces violences.  (AFP, via L'Express)

http://www.lexpress.fr/actualites/1/monde/egypte-marche-contre-les-violences-sexuelles_1217718.html

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NGO calls for closure of National Council for Women

NGO calls for closure of National Council for Women | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A non-governmental organization with links to the Muslim Brotherhood demanded the National Council for Women be abolished on Wednesday, saying the group sought to destroy Egyptian families and did not conform to Sharia Law.

Misr Awalan, which would also see the Personal Affairs Law amended, also called for councils, authorities and associations promoting women's rights to be shut down because they "discriminate between men and women on the basis of gender."

The organization accused the NCW of supporting Western ideologies and forcing Egypt to sign agreements that "violate Islamic Sharia," such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. (Egypt independent)

 

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Egypt’s women will not back down

Egypt’s women will not back down | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Protesters are planning to march from the Sayeda Zeinab mosque to Tahrir Square on Wednesday afternoon to show solidarity with women who have fallen victim to sexual violence, and to send the message that women will continue to fight for a state of law and accountability and are not going to be silent about such crimes.

 

“The women of Egypt will not give up their right to be part of the field of political work,” said a joint statement signed by participating political groups, parties, NGOs and public figures. “They will not be terrorised by the systematic and organised crimes of sexual violence.”

The march is called “It is our right… the street is ours” and comes after increasingly vicious sexual attacks were carried out against female protesters, including 19 cases of sexual harassment reported on 25 January.

 

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Egyptian women march to condemn stripped man incident

Egyptian women march to condemn stripped man incident | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A women’s march organised by independent women’s group Baheya Ya Masr takes place today at 4pm, beginning at Talaat Harb Street and continuing to the Egyptian High Court of Justice.

The march comes in response to the now infamous incident involving Hamada Saber, who was captured on camera naked being beaten and dragged across the ground by Central Security Forces (CSF) last Friday. (Daily News Egypt)

 

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Egypt's Women Organise Wednesday March Against Sexual Harrasment

Egypt's Women Organise Wednesday March Against Sexual Harrasment | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian women's rights groups and activists are organising a march on Wednesday at 4pm to highlight the issue of sexual harassment and assault in Egypt.

Sexual assaults on women in Tahrir Square are common during large protests and demonstrations, with around 25 being reported on 25 January, the second anniversary of the revolution.

Yasmin El-Bormawy, an activist who was sexually assaulted by a gang in Mohamed Mahmoud Street off Tahrir Square, recounted her experiences on private television channel Al-Nahar, saying that a large group of men, some armed with knives, tore off her clothes and sexually assaulted her.

The march will take place from Sayyeda Zeinab Mosque to Tahrir Square.

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Ghaniya: Freedom and Justice Party Condemns Ongoing Tahrir Violent Crimes Against Women

Freedom and Justice Party leader Huda Ghaniya denounces sexual harassment, rape of women in Tahrir Square and violent attacks on State institutions; and demands those involved be tried.

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Dr. Huda Ghaniya, former member of Egyptian parliament, condemned sexual harassment of girls and women in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square.


In a statement to Ikhwanweb, she said: "We denounce increasing sexual harassment crimes taking place against women in Tahrir Square. We affirm that Egyptian women will continue to have a leading role in the political and social arena.
"Women's voice will remain influential. Women will continue endeavors to consolidate the pillars of democracy, just as they stood in the face of injustice and tyranny in the past era."
Dr. Ghaniya went on, saying: "These are no revolutionaries, who commit such violent, heinous crimes against women in Egypt. Genuine Tahrir protesters must condemn this violence against women and flush out the culprits.
"It has become necessary to confront violence affecting women as well as State institutions through law enforcement, dialogue and understanding the mechanisms and principles of democracy that we all invoke, respect and obey. Those involved in such criminal acts must be held accountable." (Ikhwan web)
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Egyptians working to reclaim Tahrir Square tainted by frequent sexual assaults on women

Egyptians working to reclaim Tahrir Square tainted by frequent sexual assaults on women | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Fed up Egyptians are making it their job to prevent and rescue women at Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Egypt's uprising, which has become a terrifying place for women as sexual assault has become more common and violent.

Tahrir Square has become a place where women feel increasingly unsafe as sexual assaults during protests that has become more numerous and violent.

During a large protest a week ago to mark the second anniversary of the uprising, at least 25 assaults were reported. In one case, a woman was sexually assaulted with a blade.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, the escalation of assaults spurred Egyptians to take action against them.

Several groups have been formed, organizing to prevent such attacks, rescuing women who are attacked, and raise awareness about an issue that is not often openly addressed.

As thousands gather in Tahrir to protest against President Mohamed Morsi, dozens of volunteers are risking their own safety to try to make the square a place where women can exercise their rights without fear.
Police have not been present within the square during protests since the uprising, and those on the edges of it are often engaged in clashes with protesters.
Mohamed El-Khateeb, one of the volunteers for Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault, the most organized group working against assault in the square, said that they cannot be silent as the violence against women cannot be tolerated.
He added that 'he knew it was a risky thing, but it's a fight. And they shouldn't let the attackers win.'

Sexual harassment of women is a common phenomenon on the streets in Egypt and in Tahrir during protests.

Men often make lewd comments or catcalls at passing women, and groping is common. But the mob-like sexual assaults in Tahrir are far more violent than the average street harassment, and, according to those working on the issue, appear to be organized attacks, the report said.

According to the report, it was CBS reporter Lara Logan's sexual assault by a crowd in Tahrir square on Feb. 11, 2011, the day former President Hosni Mubarak relinquished power, that first made sexual assault in Tahrir headline news. (...)

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Egypte : hausse alarmante des viols pendant les manifestations

Egypte : hausse alarmante des viols pendant les manifestations | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

monde - Les femmes qui participent aux manifestations en Egypte sont de plus en plus en danger. C’est ce que constatent plusieurs ONG, qui ont décidé de s’organiser pour les protéger. 

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... les victimes sont harcelées par des individus qui profitent de la confusion au milieu de la foule. Selon l’opposition égyptienne, ces agresseurs seraient payés par le pouvoir pour terroriser les femmes, afin qu’elles n’osent plus sortir et manifester dans la rue.

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