Latest News & Current Events
Egyptian Women Face New Wave of Sexual Assaults in Tahrir Square
As anti-Mursi protests grow in Egypt, a new wave of sexual assaults by groups of men targeting women has been reported during anti-government protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square. The previously friendly atmosphere became more aggressive as night fell on the badly lit plaza, which has seen a rise in attacks against women since shortly after the 18-day revolution that forced the resignation of Morsi's predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, in 2011. Sexual harassment has long been common in Egypt, but its increasing frequency and violence has shaken the protest movement.
A group formed to protect women in the square, which has become the epicentre of anti-government rallies, said it recorded the highest number of attempts on Sunday – 46. Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault, said on its Twitter account that at least 17 attempted assaults were reported in Tahrir Monday, and volunteers had intervened in eight of them.
A Dutch female reporter was assaulted by numerous men last Friday. The Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday the 22-year-old woman had been repatriated, referring to a statement issued by the Dutch embassy in Cairo. No details have been released on the attacks but the reports said she was believed to be an intern with an Egyptian organisation and had gone to the square to take photos of the demonstrations.
Read more here at The Guardian
Be the first to add your comments
Comment on this article
Login to submit a comment
What we offer
GajGal is an expanding community of mothers helping mothers. Our motto “Get a Job | Get a Life” is based on the belief that for mothers wanting to get back into the workforce, finding a job with “the right level” of flexibility, empowers working mothers to live life on their own terms and better control their own destiny.
GajGal aims to address this “new reality” through four core components:
- 1. Job Search and Matching tools to streamline finding the perfect fit for flexible work arrangements.
- 2. Access to Benefits that in the traditional work environment have been provided by full time employers. GajGal helps to provide a critical mass of members to ensure access to a range of benefits options that we are continually working to expand and improve on.
- 3. Working Mother Community to provide access to news, blogs and articles of interest and importance to working mothers and a social networking community that working mothers can interact with and draw on for support.
- 4. The Entrepreneur Zone is for mothers aiming to start their own business and expand on the concepts of working mothers helping working mothers succeed.
“Using your Benefits link made it easy to select from a wide range of health insurance offerings and narrow down the various plans available that best fit my needs. Being able to make a side by side comparison of the details further helped me make an informed decision on a plan with great rates. The application is swift and uncomplicated”
“ WOW this is a fantastic idea aimed at a true need. I have had a hard time preparing to go back to work after staying home with my two kids for the past 4 years. I am so excited to start adding my requirements and get started on the search. The Latest News and Benefits are an excellent idea. I would come here to read this even if I wasn't looking for a job right now”