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Stop Sexual Violence in Egypt
Egypt, action created 16.7.2013, petition is active
The human rights of women in Egypt are under threat. Women protesters standing up for their rights have faced horrific sexual violence around Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square. Dozens of new attacks were reported during mass protests around June 30 2013, marking the end of President Mohamed Morsi’s first year in office.
In recent months, women protesters standing up for their rights have faced horrific sexual violence around Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square.
But authorities have done little to stop the sexual violence or bring those responsible to justice. They have also failed to end discrimination against women in law and practice, or to appoint women to key positions in government.
In addition, not a single person has been brought to justice for sexual violence against women by members of the military and police under army rule.
Women were on the front line of the popular rebellion in 2011, but since then the authorities in Egypt have sent mixed signals about their understanding of and commitment to realizing women’s equality and human rights.
On March 24, 2013, former President Morsi – who ran on a platform supporting women’s equality – launched a joint initiative between the Presidency and the National Centre for Social and Criminological Research under the title: “Support initiative for the rights and freedoms of the Egyptian woman.”
However, during his opening speech, President Morsi failed to address violence against women including sexual violence, focusing instead on other concerns facing women in Egypt including unemployment and illiteracy. Women’s rights activists were reportedly not invited to take part in the event and a member of the National Council for Women (NCW) publicly criticized the initiative for not involving the body.
Regardless of who is n power in Egypt, any initiative aimed at defending and promoting the rights of women must entail meaningful consultation of independent women’s and human rights groups.