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Thousands worldwide protest sexual assault on female Egypt demonstrators
Protesters assemble in Cairo, as well as at Egyptian embassies in other countries, to protest recent sexual assaults on female protesters
Bel Trew, Zeinab El-Gundy, Tuesday 12 Feb 2013
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Protests in Alexandria (Photo: Ahram Arabic News Website)
Protest in Yaffa in Palestine (Photo: Maha Ighbaria)
'Raise your boys, don't control your girls'
Anti-sexual assault protest (Photo: Bel Trew)

Demonstrations took place outside Egyptian embassies and consulates in several countries on Tuesday to denounce the occurrence of violence against women and particularly against female protesters in Egypt.

While incidents of sexual harassment in Egypt are commonly reported, the issue has recently drawn more attention after it was reported that at least 20 incidents of mob sex attacks occurred during the protests on the second anniversary of the January 25 revolution.

Protests took place in several countries like Lebanon, Tunisia, France, Jordan and Palestine, called for by the Uprising of Women in the Arab World, a pro-women's rights Facebook page.

In Cairo, hundreds of protesters gathered at Talaat Harb Square near Tahrir holding pictures of female protesters who have been assaulted, holding slogans such as "you will not cross on the bodies of women."

'I'm practising my right to protest as a human being first, before a woman'," Mariam Kirollos a member of the Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment movement told Ahram Online.

Kirollos added that the protest also condemns recent statements by the Shura Council, some members of which made statements to the effect that assaulted protesters were responsible for the act.

"They're being rape-apologists," said Kirollos.

"They basically said that women are responsible for the horrendously violent attacks on Tahrir and said we should have specially designated areas for women to protest. We might as well as have a separate Egypt for women."

The protest was filled with chants such as: "Women ousted Mubarak, women will bring down Morsi," and "Control your sons, not your daughters."

Fafette Mazloum, an English teacher and one of the protesters, said that she believed the best way to counter sexual harassment was through educating people and providing them with positive images of Egyptian women.

"The problem is pre-conceived notions of what a western woman is or a woman wearing a short-sleeved top," said Mazloum who told Ahram Online that a passerby had told her that the protesters "do not look Egyptian."

"I had to correct him and say, no I'm Egyptian born and raised. He has a notion of what an Egyptian woman should act and look like. We had a long talk. In principle he believes that I have the right to be walk down the street without being harassed but he still has this idea of what it is acceptable for me to wear in order to be treated with respect," said Mazloum.

Other protests are also taking place in the Egyptian governorates of Alexandria, Mansoura and Damietta.





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Carole T.
13-02-2013 10:04am
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Subjugation of women
Throughout history strong women have been made second class citizens all because Eve gave that apple to Adam and got them kicked out of the Garden. Religion has subjugated them by calling them unclean or only caplable of keeping the home and raising kids. For many years governments did the same. At least Western and European countries have come to realise that women can hold down jobs and raise their kids, too. Egyptian women have proved they can do that but the government and society has made them feel weak in a patriarcal society. There is no excuse for sexual harassment or for forcing woment to be second class citizens.
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carlos Gomez
13-02-2013 03:48am
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It is incredible how can men assault women this way. And authorities do nothing. Violation is crime. Violators re criminals, they should be in jail. Women are not guilty, and this bs nothing with body covering to do. Age has nothing to do with it. Small girls are not to be blamed because of paidophils. A culture or a religion that not respect women cannot be good.
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Werner Gessner
13-02-2013 03:34am
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to read this nonsense is shocking equal rights for men and women they are all Egyptians ...
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Ihsan
12-02-2013 10:56pm
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Nakedness and nudity
since when respect for women is measured by nakedness and nudity. In the west, many people don't know their real physical fathers because their mothers had multiple sex partners. Is this the ultimate criterion for women freedom?
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Gigi
14-02-2013 10:22pm
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Absolute nonsense
I have never read such nonsense as this!
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Kevin
12-02-2013 09:04pm
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Islam...
Islam never has respected women and it never will.
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Kevin
19-02-2013 05:00pm
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Ahram Online
Why do you censor my rebuttal and not publish it? Can you not handle the facts? For those of you who disagree, answer me these questions: If Islam respects and guards a woman more than the west, Why is it OK for mulsim men to throw acid in the face of a woman? Why is it OK for a father to beat his daughter to death? How can there be honor in an "honor killing"? Why does Saudi Arabi ban women from driving? Why is it OK for a so called "cleric" to rape and beat his daughter to death and only get his hand slapped for the crime? Why is it a good idea to fully veil young girls? You are fools if you believe that is "honoring and respecting" women.
Zainal
13-02-2013 05:32am
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Women in Islam
Islam has respected & guard their honour more than the west.
carlos gomez
13-02-2013 03:50am
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islam
fully agree with your comment.
O.o
12-02-2013 11:49pm
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Wrong
WRONG! Islam as always respected women! Don't blame a religion because of what a few perverted low minded people do! Do you not think those thousands of women protesting are Muslims?
O.o
12-02-2013 11:49pm
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Wrong
WRONG! Islam as always respected women! Don't blame a religion because of what a few perverted low minded people do! Do you not think those thousands of women protesting are Muslims?

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