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WOMEN'S RIGHTS: Digging Into Egypt's Culture Of Harassment

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According to one recent report by a women's rights group, some 80 percent of Egyptian women and 90 percent of foreign women visiting the country have been sexually harassed. And the former government did little to stem the problem.

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Carol H (229)
Friday February 18, 2011, 4:39 am
noted, thanks

Erica D (75)
Friday February 18, 2011, 9:33 am
Noted! Street harassment is unacceptable.

ewoud k (68)
Friday February 18, 2011, 1:04 pm
In fact, I read the same -under Mubarak there was little or nothing done about this harassment, and during the events on Tahrir-square harassment was rare- in one of the leading dutch papers last week, so things look like going better on this subject too. The argument behind this: people were so frustrated under Mubarak that they had nothing more left to do but harass women. Now that they're all together working on a better future, well, they're working together.

A good side-effect of the revolution.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Friday February 18, 2011, 1:04 pm
Thanks Cal

. (0)
Friday February 18, 2011, 2:03 pm
Egypt has a long way to go. Let's hope this doesn't take years....

Cheryl Bresney (0)
Friday February 18, 2011, 2:08 pm
As a woman, ewoud k, I beg to differ. The women's presence was needed during those demonstrations; as dark skin men and women in a white man's army discovered after the battle, everything returns to normal. Just as racism reared its ugly head when the gunsmoke cleared, so will hatred of women. It is endemic; festering for all of Mubarak's reign...30 years entrenched, and hundreds of years stained by a paternalistic one revolution will flush out this disease overnight.

Gloria H (88)
Friday February 18, 2011, 3:45 pm
Pigs are pigs the world over. Somehow its a sign of manliness to show off in front of other males how uncomfortable you can make a woman feel. I experienced that when I was younger in Mexican border towns (Nuevo Larado). When I was walking with my husband there was leering and other nonsense going on. They knew he wasn't about to object being outnumbered. Thank God for old age now.

Dale Must (20)
Friday February 18, 2011, 4:05 pm
Riots and revolution bring out the goons. This was prevalent in the LA riots and elsewhere as an excuse to loot ,burn. They spread shame on their countrymen especially when they broke into the Egyptian museum and ruined some relics thousands of years old. Their intent was clear. The Egyptian women were part of their uprising. For some reason, the Arabs have an attitude toward women.. Their culture and country will only flourish when the men actually make progressive progress and let women contribute and get a better education. One of my doctors is from Palestine and she encountered much opposition to bettering herself. When the people come together in thinking and act, good things will happen.

Alejandra Vega (139)
Friday February 18, 2011, 5:36 pm
ALL harassment is unacceptable, Erica D. Think about Egyptian girls and women had to suffer behind doors...
The entire world must condemn violence against women and girls and support gender equality, but money and business keep Western governments from doing it.

Julie W (32)
Friday February 18, 2011, 9:39 pm
IWhether this changes may depend on who eventually gets power. I hope Egyptian women (and men) get a better life.

Vera Yuno (8)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 12:43 am
Noted, thank you for this articule

Eileen P (74)
Saturday February 19, 2011, 9:10 am
I too hope for a better life for Egyptian women. I hope men begin to understand that women should be respected on every level, in front, and behind doors.

Shohreh M (14)
Sunday February 20, 2011, 10:17 am
It seems there is a bit exaggeration. 80% is tooooo much! and it not saying what type of harrassment? rape? I don't think so! I am not an Egyptian and have never been there, I am a Muslim feminist and very well know it is not the case... if we don't approach the problem realistically and just try to exagerate the issue, we will hurt the cause...

Rose Becke (141)
Monday February 21, 2011, 12:16 am

beba h (89)
Monday February 21, 2011, 4:48 am
I will make sure that I steer away from Egypt in my travels and will advise my friends to do the same !!

Lucille G (0)
Monday February 21, 2011, 6:01 am
I was surprised that the numbers of women harrassed in Egyptian society is so high. As a women it distresses me to think that I would not be able to go about my daily activities without the possibility of being verbally and or physically abused. I know crimes against women occur everyplace, but these stories make me (again) so glad that I live in the USA.

Bonnie M (22)
Monday February 21, 2011, 6:34 am
Just read about the sexual harassment of a CBS journalist, supposedly during the celebration of victory and ousting of Mubarak. This is a real tragedy of civilization, when women are violated under any circumstance, this is still a tragic violation. Stand up, women of the world , sexual harassment is one of the most heinous crime.

Loreto V (52)
Monday February 21, 2011, 7:33 am

Past Member (0)
Monday February 21, 2011, 9:43 am
As long as women are considered second class citizens harassment and violence against them will continue. We hear about it mostly in other countries but it exists everywhere to some extent...including the US.

Julia G (0)
Monday February 21, 2011, 10:12 am
I agree with those who are saying the civil unrest was only a brief respite from the systematic harrassment of women in this culture. As a young woman, I observed some of this behavior, not in the Middle East, but rather in the emigre population where I lived in Europe. To a Westerner it is appalling. I am not saying this type of harrassment does not take place in the U.S.--it does, but there is also a tacit understanding here that it is deviant behavior, and when possible those responsible are punished. It creates a stir here if law enforcement is shown to be complicit or even negligent regarding crimes against women. In the Middle East, it seems to be the norm. If this is not true, then those who know differently need to educate us quickly.

Monica D (580)
Monday February 21, 2011, 12:39 pm
The systemic harassment of women is evil. It is everywhere. It must be stopped.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 21, 2011, 2:17 pm
The numbers do not surprise me, as when on holiday in Egypt my two daughters experienced harrassment, although being feisty they were able to respond in a manner that is perhaps not usual, also they were protected, to a certain degree by their status as foreigners, it must be so much more difficult for local women. Also when I was out with them they were not harrassed so there is definitely a negative sort of traditionalism at work. I hope that things will change for Egyptian women, we met some very strong independent women during our short stay and, no doubt, they will be the type of women who will be in the vanguard for change.

Zconstruction X (13)
Monday February 21, 2011, 5:12 pm
We women have been getting the dirty end of the stick for millennia!

Ginny NoName (2)
Monday February 21, 2011, 5:55 pm
I have no desire to visit a country that treats women with such disregard.

Colin Hope (243)
Monday February 21, 2011, 7:58 pm

Robert O (12)
Monday February 21, 2011, 10:17 pm

Krasimira B (175)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 3:09 am
Very sad and shameful statistics. The harassment of women is a world problem. The revolution can't make the situation better. It is a problem of culture and moral.

Melissah C (389)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 3:25 am

ewoud k (68)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 3:44 am
Cheryl: of course this will not change overnight, as indeed these 30 years of nightmare will leave their traces.

But IF the feeling of fear and the -as a result of that fear- indifference towards what happens to "the other" will diminish -and this will take time- one might hope that the egyptian society will become more human, with more interest in "the other".

My comment was based on / must be seen as a summary of the article, which was based on some interviews of egyptian women.


jane richmond (10)
Monday May 23, 2011, 9:59 am
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