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.”

Press release: The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights Condemns the Violations on Female Activists

The English version of this press release is available on AWID.

“The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights followed up the events of March the 8th on the occasion of International Women’s Day in a great worry. The celebration events started with an initiative of young women and men who gathered in Al Tahrir Square in order to salute female and male martyrs of the Revolution as well as their mothers and to remind the society and decision makers with the necessity of involving women in phases of the democratic transition in Egypt.

ECWR participated in supporting this initiative; for female and male activists went to the Square and then a group of oppositionists surrounded them to discuss their demands. The gathering reflected at the beginning a civilized way of discussion; however, a number of thugs gathered pretending opposition then it turned to be attack on women and men activists by beating and sexual harassment…