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The start of the demonstration. You can see Mohamed Abdel Kuddoos leading the demonstration, which is significant, since he is an MB member, and they always maintained that the veil will protect girls from harrassment. His presence here signifies a at least a tiny shift in that view. The demo had a number of noteable females present, like:

Hend Al Henawy

Mona Al Tahawy

and Nora Younes.

The AUC kids start arriving.

The Protest got bigger!

Picture of the people from the other buildings watching us.

The Police started besieging the protest, but they didn’t do anything to harm anyone. It was an intimidation tactic more than anything, prompted by the shift in chants from just anti-sexual harrassment to anti-government. But for all intents and purposes, it was a success. Thanks to nerro who started this entire thing and to everyone else who helped.

There will be a second one November 14th, in front of the movie theatre that the attacks started at. Details on that later!

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11 thoughts on “Yesterday's demonstration against sexual harrassment

  1. Sam, that was a good initiative but what was the objective? Was it for the international community to know or the Egyptians to know or to pressure Egyptian males to stop harrasing women?

    Those pictres make me feel, that this protests was for the international community rather for the Egyptians. Most of the signs i could see in the pics are in English rather than Arabic.

    This is a serious problem that I have been seeing in Egypt since I have retrned. There is a clear in ability to set and followon a clear and strategic objective!

  2. It is good to see people take a stand against any type of wrongs. You need more of it, and it would be nice to see more public displays speaking out against the actions of other social problems, like the extremists advocating violence and terrorism.

  3. Memz – one of the reasons why so many of the signs were in English and why many non-Egyptians were among the protestors is that foreign women get harrassed and molested a lot in Cairo too – the street is a minefield for many women who look obviously foreign, and heaven forbid you should be blonde…and remember that there are lots of foreigners in Cairo. I don’t think offenses against foreign women should count for any less than those against Egyptian women, we are all human.

    And pitching a story to the Western media works a lot better than appealing to the government these days, the regime tried its damnedest to smear bloggers for even talking about the attacks on women, so why shouldn’t protestors tell their story to others who are interested and do what it takes to get heard?

  4. i think some signs are in english to get the international communities attention. why? because unfortunately unless there is pressure from the outside, mubarak government will not lift a finger to help citizens he claims to represent.

  5. Well, I hope it has some effect.
    But if I were a defiant young man, feeling safely anonymous after indulging in a public grope, I would probably be amused. I know quite well what I did is not acceptable, that’s why I did it.

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