Women across the globe stand against “sexual terrorism” of Egypt protesters
Across the globe, women of all walks are in protest mode against what has been repeatedly described as “sexual terrorism” and mob attacks against Egyptian female protesters over the past few months. From Stockholm to New York to Cairo and in over 30 other cities, women are banding together to demand an end to the sexual assaults that have rocked the country in recent weeks.
Dubbed “Global Protest Feb. 12” activists are hopeful that it will begin to send a message to the Egyptian government that more action is needed to combat this rising and daily affliction of the North African country’s society.
Numerous women’s rights organizations have already announced their participation, which will see activists in over 30 cities across the globe take to Egyptian consulates and embassies as well as demonstrations in Egypt to voice their frustration at the rising violence directed toward women in the country while protesting.
“We, citizens of all nationalities all around the world, will not watch in silence the spreading epidemic of sexual terrorism. We want to show our support, solidarity and admiration for the assaulted who paid the price of the ongoing Egyptian revolution with their own flesh, and to the heroic volunteers who are risking their lives for a safe Tahrir,” wrote The Uprising of Women in the Arab World in coordination with the global day of protest.
It comes after reports of women being stripped and attack with knives in Tahrir Square in what activists have described to Bikyanews.com as the “final straw” in the “ongoing battle for women’s rights and safety in Egypt.”
“Therefore on Tuesday February 12, 2013, at 6:00 pm local time, we will gather in front of the Egyptian embassy in our city/country, and people all over the world will do this,” continued the statement calling for global action.
Thousands of women and male supporters to the cause are expected to take to the streets to protest the violence that has been perpetrated en masse against women in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the January 2011 uprising that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak.