5 February 2013

Egyptian Women March Against Harassment On Wednesday

A number of women's rights groups and activists have called for a march against sexual harassment under the slogan "The Street is Ours" from Sayeda Zeinab to Tahrir Square on Wednesday.

In a statement, the feminist groups said that the march is a response to the increasing cases of sexual harassment and assaults on activists during protests that took place in the past two weeks as Egypt commemorated the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

"Egyptian women will not be intimated by terrorist attempts," the statement said, adding that women will not give up on their duty to struggle for rights and freedoms.

The groups, including the Nadeem Center, New Women's Association, Fouada Watch and Shoft Taharosh (I Saw Harassment), reaffirmed their solidarity with all victims of sexual harassment and group assaults.

The statement asked that investigations be conducted in cases of sexual harassment in order to bring those responsible to justice, calling for the support of civil political forces.

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