Egypt: two thirds of women have been sexually harrased
Nearly two-thirds of Egyptian men admit to having sexually harassed women in the most populous Arab country, and a majority say women themselves are to blame for their maltreatment, a survey showed Thursday.
The forms of harassment reported by Egyptian men, whose country attracts millions of foreign tourists each year, include touching or ogling women, shouting sexually explicit remarks, and exposing their genitals to women. “Sexual harassment has become an overwhelming and very real problem experienced by all women in Egyptian society, often on a daily basis,” said the report by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights.
This must be the oriental “romantic” sense…
Sandmonkey also posted about a specific case of sexual abuse in Egypt:
bloggers available downtown documented the whole thing, and provided pictures of it as well. Reading their accounts I can’t help by feel my heart being torn on what the people of the country has turned to. The one that broke my heart the most was Sharqawi’s account (remember, he is the guy who got sexually assaulted by the police during interrogation ) and how it suddenly danwed at him that what happend to him wasn;t an isolated incident. That The Police forces didn;t came from another planet, that they were born and raised egyptians, amongst the egyptian people, the same egyptian people who have produced those mobs who found it in their right to attack girls in middle of crowded downtown for 5 houres under the police’s watchdul eyes. The ones who approached the police asking them to do something were told : “what do you want us to do? It’s Eid. Happy Eid to you too!” The same response was given to women who went to the police stations to report the incidents. The police refused to do their jobs and take a report, because it would probably reflect badly on their downtown peers. Some people were surprised at the Police’s reaction, but the majoirty of us weren’t. Those are the same police officers who facilitated the assaults on women last year during the referendum. This is business as usual for them.
There were protest for the lack of police action but the protesters were arrested (and beaten) afterwards:
Here are Nasser Nouri’s pictures of Nadia and Walid’s arrest , provided by Hosam from arabawy, who provided me with more information on what happend to the two activists: They spent the night in the Qasr Al Neel police station, and will be presented today to the public persecutor’s office for disturbing public order. According to their lawyer, Nadia was beaten up during the arrest and the SS officer kept beating her against the police truck’s metal stairsteps. She was later greeted at the police station with slaps on the face before being thrown in a jail cell with criminals.
Anyway, a Muslim Brotherhood’s MP has sent “an inquiry to the ministry of tourism against their passive role in preventing tourists from getting sexually harassed, and maybe even they will pass a law that criminalizes the sexual harassment of foreign touristy women“… because that would damage Egyptian tourism… Magnificent… Damned hipocrisy!