Women Protesters in Egypt Are Assaulted

On Friday, Egyptian women protesting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against sexual harassment became the targets of physical and sexual assaults, reports Aya Batrawy for the Associated Press. After overpowering male guardians who had formed a protective ring around the female protestors, men groped and molested several of the some 50 protestors. “Sexual harassment of women, including against those who wear the Islamic headscarf or even cover their face, is common in Cairo,” writes Batrawy. “A 2008 report by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights says two-thirds of women in Egypt experienced sexual harassment daily.”

Read at The Boston Globe

© 2011 Religion & Politics