9 March 2011
The Astute Bloggers posted these links today.
At 9:11 this morning:
Women harassed, attacked in Tahrir Square during International Women’s Day protests.
A NATIONAL TRAGEDY FOR EGYPT: Meltdown: Women harassed, attacked in Tahrir Square during International Women’s Day protests. “And in case you’re wondering, no, there’s no coverage of this yet at Al Jazeera’s website that I’ve been able to find. There is, to their credit, this overview of sexual harassment and women’s rights in Egypt but nothing about the ugliness in Tahrir Square. That’s not the first time they’ve quietly overlooked a story about an attack on women that would reflect badly on the revolution. Probably won’t be the last.”
Too bad there’s not an international charity that gives women guns. That’s an NGO I’d support. . . .
At 3:45 this afternoon:
Less than three weeks ago, an article appeared in The Washington Post discussing the achievements of women in Egypt during the revolution.
“Women think as differently as they dress here, but they have emerged from the barricades agreeing on one thing: This is their moment in history, and they cannot afford to lose it,” wrote The Post’s Kathy Lally from Cairo.
The tentative advancements Egyptian women thought they had made during the protests faltered Tuesday. According to Twitter reports from Cairo, a march planned for Tahrir Square in honor of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day was met by an even larger crowd of men deriding the women for being there and harassing them.
This was bound to happen–as is the hi-jacking of the Egyptian revolution.
To join modernity Muslims must abandon Islam.
Sorry, it’s just true.
An Egyptian journalist, Ethar El-Katatney, wrote on Twitter, “Was just ranted at by a ‘sheikh’ telling me to go home and raise my kids.” She reported that only a few hundred women had come to what they had been calling the Million Woman March but that thousands of men appeared in the square.
At HotAir.com, Allahpundit wrote:
…The AP, acknowledging that sexual harassment is widespread in Egypt, says what started with heckling ended with shoving, groping, and even beatings. And, as with the attack on Lara Logan, it didn’t stop until the Egyptian army intervened. Quoth one woman protester: “I thought we were going to be celebrated as women of the revolution because we were present during the days of Tahrir. Unless women are included now, we are going to be oppressed.” Foreign Policy editor Blake Hounshell started retweeting reports from English-speaking Egyptian women in the Square while this was all going on, which is how I came to follow the story. Here’s a selection of them from his Twitter feed; it’s in reverse sequence, so read from the bottom up to see how it unfolded. Hounshell’s verdict, delivered amidst these reports: “What’s going on in Tahrir Square right now is a national tragedy for Egypt.”…
Update: Patterico’s Pontifications, More Women Sexually Assaulted in Tahrir Square