Grassroots Group Fights Back Against Sexual Assaults in Tahrir Square

As the massive protests against Egypt's President Muhammad Morsi continue, one group has emerged in response the shocking number of sexual assaults that have been reported out of Tahrir Square since the beginning of the most recent wave of uprisings. Tahrir Bodyguard was formed in December 2012 as coalition of men and… » 7/04/13 12:00pm 7/04/13 12:00pm

Female Foreign Journalist Gang-Raped in Horrific Tahrir Square Attack

Egyptian media are reporting that a Dutch journalist was raped by several men in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday. According to a post from Sunday on the Facebook page of Dina Zakaria, an Egyptian journalist, "her condition is severe and she is hospitalized." Ynetnews reports today that a state hospital issued a… » 7/01/13 1:20pm 7/01/13 1:20pm

Egyptian Women Taking Up Martial Arts, Learning to Kick Ass

It is virtually impossible to be a woman for a day in Cairo, Egypt without some form of sexual harassment. Whether it be cat-calling or actual pinches and grabs, 99 percent of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment, according to a report by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality. 99… » 5/08/13 11:55am 5/08/13 11:55am

Just How Bad Is It for Women in Egypt? Very.

After a year and a half or so characterized by political uprising, government overthrow, and a wobbly transition from military-run government to democracy, one would hope that conditions were improving for Egypt's women, and for its citizenry as a whole. Short answer: they're not. In fact, left to their own devices,… » 6/28/12 11:20am 6/28/12 11:20am

Egyptian Women Protesting Harassment Harassed by Counter-Protesting…

In a dispiriting turn of awfulness, Egyptian women who convened at Cairo's de facto protest space Tahrir Square to quietly hold signs decrying harassment were attacked and sexually harassed by a group of angry male protesters. And the sad waltz that is the Earth's twirling orbit around the Sun goes on. » 6/09/12 12:00pm 6/09/12 12:00pm

Egyptian Women March Against Violence Government Claims Isn't Really…

This weekend, a picture of a female Tahrir Square protester having her clothes torn off while a soldier prepared to kick her renewed global concern that perhaps the new government of Egypt isn't being quite so awesome to the ladies. Today, thousands of Egyptian women took to the streets of Cairo to protest the ruling… » 12/20/11 5:50pm 12/20/11 5:50pm