An oppressive regime may have been removed in Egypt, but it still has a long way to go before women will have equality. Women gathering in Tahrir Square to celebrate International Women’s Day learned that lesson as they were harassed and told that now was not the time to push for women’s rights in the country.
Via Ms. Magazine:
Reporting of that day has focused on the subsequent clashes between Christian and Muslim men. But what I saw first were men intent on breaking up the women’s protest. “Go home,” one sheik, hoisted on the shoulders of another man, told women. Others shouted slogans such as “Not valid!” that had been used against Mubarak in the same space just weeks earlier. One man held up a sign reading “Not now,” arguing to me that the demonstrations were “instruments of the West.”
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