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Women in Egypt Come Together to Protest Violent Attacks

Posted on: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Keywords: Middle East, Africa, Human Rights Advocacy, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Women Human Rights Defenders

Egyptian women played a pivotal role in the pro-democracy protests that ousted former President Mubarak in February. Now, they are being beaten and sexually assaulted for protesting to demand an end to military rule. But they’re not stepping down. This week, several thousand women marched through the streets of Cairo to denounce the military leadership and its violent tactics.

Recently, images surfaced of a woman being dragged through the streets of Cairo, her hijab ripped off and a military officer poised to stomp on her chest. These images sparked outrage throughout Egypt and across the world. 

We’ve compiled a list of resources to keep you up-to-date on the ongoing protests in Egypt and particularly on the role of women:

UN official deplores reported attacks against female protesters, UN News (December 21, 2011)

Egyptians protest against beating of women, Al Jazeera (December 21, 2011)

Women in Egypt hold huge rally to protest violence against them, The Christian Science Monitor (December 21, 2011)

Mass March by Cairo Women in Protest Over Abuse by Soldiers, The New York Times (December 20, 2011)

Egyptian women march on frontlines of country's revolution, MSNBC (December 20, 2011)

Egypt Uses 'Startling' Amount of Firepower in Charge on Tahrir, CNN (December 20, 2011)

Egyptian Women Defend Their Role in the Revolution, 10,000 March Against the Army's Brutality, AlterNet (December 20, 2011)

Image of Unknown Woman Beaten by Egypt's Military Echoes Around World, The Guardian (December 19, 2011)

Joint Statement: Egypt: Continued Militarization: Increased Violence Against Women Human Rights Defenders During Dispersal Of Cabinet Sit-in, Nazra for Feminist Studies (December 18, 2011)

 


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