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Egyptian women don't need Clinton, says Egyptian minister

Minister responds to Clinton’s criticism of the abuse of women protesters saying Egyptian women can defend themselves

Ahram Online, Thursday 22 Dec 2011
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Fayza Aboul Naga, minister of planning and international cooperation, has slammed comments by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which she described the treatment of Egyptian women by the military as “shocking.”

Aboul Naga stressed that Egyptian women are capable of defending themselves and do not need Clinton’s support. She added that Egyptian women have a rich history and have proven repeatedly that they are capable of fighting their own battles.

She also added that Egyptian women do not need foreign voices to demand their rights for them.

Earlier this week, Clinton lambasted the abuse of women during the recent clashes which included the part stripping and brutal beating of a veiled protester, an incident which garnered widespread international attention.

"This systematic degradation of Egyptian women dishonours the revolution, disgraces the state and its uniform and is not worthy of a great people," Clinton said in a speech at Georgetown University.

"Recent events in Egypt have been particularly shocking. Women are being beaten and humiliated in the same streets where they risked their lives for the revolution only a few short months ago,” she said.

On Tuesday, a women’s march protesting the brutal treatment of female protesters, attracted 10,000 women.

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Radwa Reda
22-12-2011 11:26pm
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Egyptian women don't want SCAF, says Egyptian women
I would just like to remind everyone of the time that Fayza Aboul Naga made that empowering speech that rallied Egyptian women to a .. wait, that didn't happen. Fayza, you are setting back the cause of women in this country and the Arab world by siding with cowards who won't even apologize for dishonoring women in such a disgusting manner. Stop allowing yourself to be used as a tool of evil and a mouthpiece of the unjust. Egyptian women need a spokesperson, and while I may disagree with US foreign policy, I am glad that someone had the courage to stand up to the armed forces of thugs and tell them they're an insult to their uniform. Fayza, your plane to Saudi Arabia is waiting for you where women as subservient as you are desired for their ornamental value.
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cyberstorm
22-12-2011 06:59pm
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If You Really feel this way
H. Clinton has a rich history of working with women all over the world in areas where there is conflict, where women have been treated badly and under represented. She isn't just a "foreign diplomatic voice", she has the actually walked the talk. I guess this is why the Minister is concerned enough to keep speaking of what Clinton said. The "bothered" are most bothered by a sound voice nipping at their heals.
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Kevin
22-12-2011 06:38pm
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All support is good...
Fayza and Aboul should accept all support for women's rights and the revolution. Who cares if you are capable to fight your own battles. Don't be foolish and snub support for your cause.
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patkar
22-12-2011 05:42pm
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as a woman
as a woman she is entitled to have an opinion and horrified by the way those monkeys dressed in uniforms disgraced YOUR women. They are the same people of Jan 25 redressed.
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