The Arab Spring is wonderful. It can destroy your economy, trash the rule of law and destroy whatever rights women had in the region. Is there anything it can’t do?
Sexual violence against women in Egypt has increased in the post-revolutionary Islamist rule, according to official reports and rights activists.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality said in a report published on May 23 that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual violence.
Nearly 50 percent of women reported more harassment after the revolution; 44 percent said the level of harassment remained the same before and after the revolution. Meanwhile, more than 58 percent of men surveyed said harassment increased after the revolution.
Salafist preacher Ahmad Mahmoud Abdullah said earlier this year that women protesting in Tahrir Square are “no red line” because they “have no shame and want to be raped,” a statement which was perceived as a sanctioning of violence against women.
That Cairo speech sure worked out well. I think O deserves another Nobel Peace Prize for his work.