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TAKE ACTION: Egypt: Stop Sexual Violence Against Women Demanding Their Rights


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Beverly
- 446 days ago - org2.democracyinaction.org
Egyptian women deserve to be recognized as full and equal citizens and should not be subjected to sexual violence for demanding their rights.



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Beverly M. (85)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:15 am
Since the revolution of early 2011, women, including women’s rights activists, continue to pay a steep price for demanding their rights. Seemingly organized mobs have been actively seeking out and attacking women campaigning in public spaces. Testimony from women and men who have gone to Tahrir Square to peacefully advocate for an inclusive and representative government, exposes how women have been mauled by gangs, possibly coordinated by government officials, which they believe are aimed at discouraging women’s participation and silencing their voices. According to a report of testimonies compiled by the Egypt-based New Woman Foundation, Nazra for Feminist Studies and the El-Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture, more than 20 women were attacked on 25 January 2013 alone in and around Tahrir Square. This increase in the number of gender-based violent incidents occurring in public during political protests is extremely disturbing.

Please join us in urging the Egyptian authorities to:

•Stop the sexual violence and intimidation tactics being perpetrated against women advocating for their rights
•Properly investigate and fully prosecute any sexual assault whether occurring in public or in private
•Develop processes for the comprehensive inclusion of women’s voices in all governmental and administrative processes
 

Veronique L. (210)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:38 am
Noted & signed Beverly!
 

Helen Porter (41)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:51 am
How brave these women are or is it desperation?

I suppose there comes a time when the usual law is reversed and the unknown becomes
less fearful than the known.

I appeal to Creator, set us free from the tyranny of the evil one no matter how it may be disguised.
 

Helen Porter (41)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:54 am
How brave these women are!

I suppose there comes a time when the usual law is reversed and the known becomes more terrifying than the unknown.

 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (276)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:56 am
MORE POWER TO ALL WOMEN I SIGNED BEV
 

Donna Hamilton (135)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 4:19 am
Noted and signed. Thanks, Beverly.
 

Teresa W. (658)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 6:29 am
noted, signed and shared, thank you
 

Ben Oscarsito (353)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 9:28 am
Done!
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 9:45 am

Thank you for calling on the Egyptian government to stop the sexual violence against women demanding their rights in post-revolution Egypt.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 10:09 am
message sent
 

Elizabeth O. (88)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 10:59 am
Signed.
 

Stephanie Reap (192)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 5:29 pm
done :)
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 5:52 pm
Noted and Signed for all the Brave Women Fighting for Their Rights in Egypt and concerned of the sexual violence they are having to deal with just because they are women.
Thank You Beverly.
 

EDWARD G. MRKVICKA (0)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 5:54 pm
read and noted and signed the petition on 5-5-13 stand up and fight for your rights everyone should be treated as a equal regardless of gender, race, creed, and religion.
 

paolo gualandri (5)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 5:58 pm
done!
 

Patricia Martin (19)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 6:38 pm
Thank you, Beverly.

The "Arab Spring" has been the Arab Death for rights of women, Christians, and any other poor victims who happen to not be Sunni and male.
 

Robert O. (12)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 7:05 pm
Thank you for calling on the Egyptian government to stop the sexual violence against women demanding their rights in post-revolution Egypt.

Signed. Thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 7:11 pm
Signed Cheers
 

. (3)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 7:44 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Beverly.
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 7:54 pm
Signed.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 8:26 pm
Thank you for calling on the Egyptian government to stop the sexual violence against women demanding their rights in post-revolution Egypt.

In Solidarity.....with the sisters.
 

Joy Wong (73)
Monday May 6, 2013, 12:19 am
Noted and signed.
 

Stan B. (123)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:01 am
Signed of course. What is it about Egyptian men that they can't treat their women with the respect and dignity they deserve??
Thank Beverly.
 

Abdessalam Diab (153)
Monday May 6, 2013, 2:23 am
Thank you for calling on the Egyptian government to stop the sexual violence against women demanding their rights in post-revolution Egypt.
 

Arwen Woods (222)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:14 am
Gladly signed, noted and shared.x
 

Fi T. (16)
Monday May 6, 2013, 5:34 am
They deserve to be better treated
 

Dana B. (133)
Monday May 6, 2013, 5:46 am
Signed, thank you
 

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (48)
Monday May 6, 2013, 6:05 am
S+N
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 6:42 am
noted + signed
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 7:00 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, Brverly. Women should never be treated like this.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 7:20 am
Signed, thank you.
 

Kerstin Strobl (330)
Monday May 6, 2013, 7:55 am
Signed, thank you Beverly
 

Leann Wells Huber (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 12:36 pm
Signed. Please don't penalize Egyptian women for wanting their God given rights as equals.
 

Joanne A. (40)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:21 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks
 

Natalie V. (27)
Monday May 6, 2013, 3:28 pm
noted / signed
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Monday May 6, 2013, 10:27 pm
Gladly signed. TY, Beverly.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Monday May 6, 2013, 11:08 pm

Thank you for taking action in our continuing campaign in Egypt to ensure equality between men and women, including freedom from gender-based violence, post revolution. To learn more about our work under this initiative, visit www.equalitynow.org/our-work/discrimination-law.

The situation that this petition seeks to redress is truly dire!

This is the rest of the article that appears on the petition site & that Beverly posted up to " This increase in the number of gender-based violent incidents occurring in public during political protests is extremely disturbing":

"Egyptian journalist Hania Moheeb was one of the women sexually assaulted in January during an event commemorating the second anniversary of the uprising in Tahrir Square. She told Equality Now, “In a few seconds the men who were all yelling with words that gave the impression they wanted to help me, started very quickly to use tens of hands over my body, stripping me from my clothes then violating the private parts of my body very aggressively.”

Hania went on to explain how the authorities tried to persuade her to file a police report “later.” It was only when her husband called human rights defenders to come and support her that the police took her statement. In an interview with Al-Jazeera, she stated that, “What happened to me was political, was organized, was systematic and definitely paid for by certain political groups who want to keep women away from the streets.” Equality Now recently learned that several files from women claiming sexual assault were reportedly destroyed in a fire at the court offices in early April.

Government and law enforcement need to act swiftly and decisively to prevent violence against women, including in public spaces, to hold the perpetrators of any violence to account in a timely way, and to ensure that all Egyptian citizens are entitled to participate freely without intimidation or harassment in peaceful debate or demonstration about the future of the country. Recent reports state that President Morsi has begun a new “Initiative to support the Rights and Freedoms of the Egyptian Women,” which includes addressing sexual harassment. Many members of the National Council for Women and other Egyptian women’s right activists, however, boycotted the inauguration of the initiative because they see it as a purely political move. Equality Now and our partners will follow its development closely in the hope that it prioritizes taking action on the fundamental issue of violence against women.

Egypt is a party to a number of international human rights instruments, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), all of which call for equality between men and women. In its concluding observations following its meeting with the Egyptian government in February 2010, before the revolution, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, tasked with monitoring implementation of CEDAW, called upon Egypt “to adopt[] comprehensive measures to address such violence [in the private and public spheres].” Women’s rights activists have said that since then the situation has deteriorated further. On 3 April 2013, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, condemned the January attacks stating, “The Government and religious leaders of Egypt must send a clear and categorical signal that such vicious crimes of rape and other forms of sexual assault will not be tolerated,” noting that the perpetrators must be brought to justice."
 

Kenny V. (1500)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 1:59 pm
signed and noted
 

Jason Flint (5)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 6:43 pm
signed and noted
 

Kayleigh Harter (9)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 11:45 pm
Signed
 

alicia m. (100)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 9:22 am
noted, signed, gracias
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 17, 2013, 10:09 pm
Thanks Beverly. and Dandelion for the alert... Signed with pleasure

"Thank you for calling on the Egyptian government to stop the sexual violence against women demanding their rights in post-revolution Egypt.'

Spread the word about this campaign!

Personally I find it amazing that petitions like this are necessary in 2013AD, maybe understandable in 2013BC?
 

Arild Warud (159)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 1:35 am
Signed.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 4:54 am
Signed.
 

Terrie Williams (761)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 5:47 am
Signed and noted.
 

Pat B. (354)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 6:29 am
Thank you, signed.
 

Michael Kirkby (83)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 6:46 am
Done
 

Lisa Neste (695)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 7:19 am
Thank you for calling on the Egyptian government to stop the sexual violence against women demanding their rights in post-revolution Egypt.
 

lee e. (114)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 9:07 am
S+N - I hope the government will respond, the disrespect shown toward women in such a brutal manner is appalling, not reserved to Egypt alone of course, but it must be quickly stopped when possible and the perpetrators brought to justice!
 

Gabriella Serafino (93)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 1:38 pm
Done...
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 1:56 pm
Done
 

Carol H. (229)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 6:00 pm
signed and noted
 

Jude Hand (58)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 7:57 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Patricia E. G. (78)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 10:07 pm
signed this petition
Thank you
 

Millie O'Connor (174)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 4:53 am
Signed and shared. Thank you.
 

Pat A. (117)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:54 am
Done - thanks Dandelion
 

Nancy Black (300)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 4:40 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, shared, and signed. Nothing new hew, probably since cavemen times, women have been kept under men's control by men using sex as a weapon. Hard for a pregnant woman to physically fight; difficult for any women to have go through the agony of rape and sexual assault. Men use these fears to win wars and control women.
 

Melania Padilla (173)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 3:15 pm
Signed!
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 4:05 pm
Signed, sent & noted. Thanks, Beverly....and Dandelion for the link.
 

Elizabeth S. (149)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 11:18 am
Signed: Thank you for calling on the Egyptian government to stop the sexual violence against women demanding their rights in post-revolution Egypt.
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Friday June 7, 2013, 1:25 pm
Most gladly signed...Thanx Beverly...and Dandelion for passing this on to me...!
 

Yvonne F. (163)
Friday July 12, 2013, 9:33 am
So signed!!!! Thanks Beverly
 

Nancy C. (797)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 1:46 pm
Think I signed 2x...anyway, petition still open TY
 
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