The role of women in Egypt has changed throughout history, from ancient to modern times. From the earliest preserved archaeological records, Egyptian women were considered nearly equal to men in Egyptian society, regardless of marital status. Women were stated lower than men when it came to a higher leader in the Egyptian hierarchy counting his peasants. This hierarchy was similar to the way the peasants were treated in the Middle Ages. When women married, they depended on their husbands to make all decisions, while the women themselves were depended upon to carry out household chores. Married Egyptian women were expected by their husband's families to bear children, but particularly males.
Egypt: Gang Rape Witnesses Arrested, Smeared
Egypt: Gang Rape Witnesses Arrested, Smeared | Human Rights Watch
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Beirut — Egyptian security agencies in late August arbitrarily arrested a man and three women who were witnesses to a high-profile gang rape case from that recently came to light, Human Rights Watch said today. Pro-government media have subjected them to a coordinated smear campaign, and one of the women has described being abused in detention. The authorities should immediately drop the charges against the six, offer protection to those who have come forward as witnesses, and prosecute those who are found to have committed the gang rape, Human Rights Watch said. After activists campaigned for weeks, the Office of the Prosecutor General said on August 24 that it had ordered the arrest of a number of suspects, seven of whom the office later said had fled the country. Two more were later arrested.
Egypt sex attacks fuel 'feminist revolution'
For women and girls in Egypt, sexual assault has long been endemic - but victims are now fighting back like never before, writes Salma El-Wardany. It has become part of everyday life in a country where for women picking an outfit is less about style, and more about protection. Over the years, a culture of patriarchy, religion and conservatism has meant women often stay silent when sexual abuse happens because victim-blaming is all too common. Now though, women and girls are finally breaking decades of silence, taking to social media to share their stories of assault, empower one another and call for justice. It began in July when claims were shared online against student Ahmed Bassam Zaki.
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