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Women's Rights on the Front Line as Clashes in Egypt Continue

Posted on the 20 December 2011 by Warigia @WarigiaBowman

Women's Rights on the front line as clashes in Egypt continue

Military police attack a female protester. Photo Credit Al Masry Al Youm.

Dear readers
Women's rights are at the forefront of the revolution. I am following the election closely, but so far, no woman has been elected from the party lists. I am in close contact with people from UNDP, as well as with people from various political parties, and as soon as I get a confirmation, I will publish the names of any women elected.
Otherwise, you may have heard that a female protester--who was veiled-- was beaten and stripped in the street. Another elderly woman was seen threatened by a police truncheon. It is no secret that Egypt has some concerns around the treatment of women.  In addition, women protesters were subjected to torture in the form of virginity tests in March. Sexual harassment is rampant, and we see that only three women are represented in Ganzouri's cabinet.
Hilary Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States, has expressed her deep concerns and outrage about this violence against women.
According to Al Masry Al Youm, "Nineteen political groups and several activists have called on Egyptians to attend a mass demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday under the slogan 'The free women of Egypt — restoring honor.'"

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