Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

5 March 2013

Egypt: Women to March Around Egypt Denouncing Violence

Rights groups, Political Parties and Women Initiatives called on Tuesday women of Egypt to march all over the country on Friday 8 March which marks the International Women's Day under the slogan "Women with the revolution" to declare their rejection of violence.

The International Women's day is an umbrella that unites women of the world. The day is the anniversary of the strike of women working in clothing and textile factories in the United States protesting inhumane working conditions and low wages. In the same day 50 years later women marched through New York City adopting the slogan "Bread and Roses". They demanded voting rights and better pay. To this date the day represents an expression of women's entitlement to political rights.

"Women are subjected to more violations of their economic, social, political and civil rights," said a statement issued by the groups calling for the march stressing that the current regime does not respect the full citizenship of women or equity before the law.

The statement added that women of the revolution announced boycotting the elections in light of having no actual guarantees for its integrity. The statement also said that social justice has not been achieved until now pointing to the protests of women all around Egypt.

The statement condemned the "fierce attack by security forces on women activists," saying that it cannot ignore the targeting of women or using sexual violence against them.

The march, organized by a coalition of feminist groups, starts at four in the afternoon from Talaat Harb Square to Cairo's Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Women in collaboration with Microsoft corporate will launch a song called "One Woman" in a musical celebration of women worldwide.

In addition to that, the National Council for Women organizes a conference on Wednesday to announce the demands of women and display its priorities in the coming times.

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