Sexual Harassment In Egypt

Sexual Harassment In Egypt

Cairo : Egypt | Jun 10, 2011 at 3:08 AM PDT
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“Virginity Tests” and abuse of Egypt‘s Women, By Isobel Coleman, June 6 2011, the CNN.

More broadly, Egyptian women were abused and discriminated against both before and after the 2011 revolution. And although they played an important role in toppling Mubarak, it is not at all clear that their situation will improve under whatever system emerges.

More from The Guardian, Egyptian activists condemn brutal attack on CBS reporter in Tahrir Square, Jack Shenker, February 17, 2011.

But the investigation and prosecution of sexual harassment cases is already low in Egypt, and the detention of those responsible amid the country’s current institutional turmoil appears unlikely.

The harassment of women on the streets has long been a major issue in Egyptian society, although efforts to curb the problem have often met resistance from government officials.

Back again to the CNN reports, Egypt’s harassed women need their own REVOLUTION, Mary Roger, February 16, 2011.

If you are a woman living in Cairo, chances are you have been sexually harassed. It happens on the streets, on crowded buses, in the workplace, in schools, and even in a doctor’s office.

According to a 2008 survey of 1,010 women conducted by the Egyptian Center for Women’s rights, 98 percent of foreign women and 83 percent of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed.

I was walking home from dinner recently when a carload of young men raced by me and screamed out “Sharmouta” (whore in Arabic.)

The last part say it all “I’m not saying Egypt is danger or whatever that might give THEM the idea of arresting me for destroying tourism & the image of Egypt” I’m just telling a fact, a truth that many ones fear to just admit. Talking bout admitting I’ve to say that I am myself one of those women in Egypt that were harassed since I became a teenager, & it never stops it just grow more by the day to reach every selfish male.

I used to feel guilty for looking good, for feeling confident, for feeling pretty, for being my best, for whatever that I’ve & people use me to get to, but I can’t & won’t take it anymore. All the guilt, all the blame goes to those selfish self-centered arrogant males that were born thinking that they can own us or the world just for being males. What makes me angry & I’m sure ll get any of you angry too is that when I ask them ’bout that, why do you do that?? They simply say that girls are the reason behind it all. They say girls go with fashion rules wearing what makes them look & comment “thats what they feel ’bout harassment, just a comment!” OR they ll say its just what everyone does & it makes women feel good bout themselves!!!!

I’m not talking ’bout harassment ’cause just it happened to me or ’cause my religion “Islam” & my mother’s family religion “Christianity” forbidden it, I’m talking ’bout harassment ’cause it’s disease, I might call it the soul AIDS ’cause it infect our lives that bad, the same way. Don’t think that its not your business ’cause you’re not living in Egypt or ’cause you’re not the one being harassed, harassment is always a step away from us, its everywhere in every time day or night waiting like animal for a victim to feed on. Start today & do something to stop harassment.

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Nermine A K is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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