In Egypt, dictators shouldn’t rule the country, but they can rule the women

To repay women for their role in the Egyptian up-rising, men beat, harassed and threatened women when the women returned to Tahir Square on International Women’s Day. It seems dictators shouldn’t be in power – in the government, but it’s okay if men dictate women’s lives.

This headline really minimizes what the Egyptian women experienced:

Egyptian women’s rights protest marred by hecklers

“…when crowds of men heckled and shoved the demonstrators, telling them to go home where they belong”

“…crowds of men soon outnumbered them and chased them out”
“”They said that our role was to stay home and raise presidents, not to run for president,” said Farida Helmy, a 24-year old journalist.”

“At Tuesday’s march, men scolded protesters and said their concerns were not urgent in the aftermath of the uprising. When the women argued back, some were verbally abused or groped. Others were beaten and had to be ripped away from the groups of men.

Mostafa Hussein, 30, said many protesters had to flee the area and hide in a park nearby.

“They were running for their lives and the army had to fire a shot in the air to break up the mob chasing them,” Hussein said.”


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