NO TO EXCLUSION AND INTIMIDATION OF WOMEN PROTESTERS IN EGYPT!
To begin, we salute Egyptian women who did not remain silent about the flagrant violations they are suffering. Second, we extend our good wishes to the survivors and extend our total solidarity and support.
Since the start of the revolution, women protesters have suffered the worst types of violations and systematic sexual violence aiming to exclude them from the public space and from their right to effective political participation, and thus from the right to free expression, engagement in the successive revolutionary waves, working towards changing their situation, and from demanding all their rights.
The signatories below, who also suffer the impact of the patriarchal society and its total strive to exclude women from political participation. We know that what happened to our sisters in Egypt are not individual incidents, but an approach of sexual terrorism that seeks to humiliate women and exclude them from Egypt’s streets and squares.
We, women, activists, and rights organizations in the region, add our voice to that of our sisters who stand alone in face of these vicious attacks, while political forces and revolutionary groups turn their back to the physical and moral bloodshed. More than 186 women were subjected to gang sexual harassment and rape in Tahrir Square and surrounding areas, in the period between June 30 and July 7, 2013. We also condemn the media blackout against sexual terrorism against Egyptian female demonstrators and the attempts by political forces to walk over our sisters’ wounds to settle scores with the Muslim Brotherhood, which in turn unashamedly had used the attacks against its opponents.
Therefore, we call on national and revolutionary forces, political parties, and movements, especially the National Salvation Front and the Tamarrod movement to bear its revolutionary and national responsibility in placing this issue as a priority in the next phase. We stress our support to the join demands of several women’s organization on 3 July 2013*, mainly:
- Egyptian authorities are responsible for investigating incidents of sexual assault and rape and guaranteeing that perpetrators are brought to justice;
- Providing adequate, effective, prompt, and appropriate remedies, including the rehabilitation of survivors; which entails providing psychological care as well as legal and social services, according to international human rights law;
- The Egyptian authorities must immediately bear its legal responsibility towards the survivors of sexual violence. Long live all those who survived harassment and all women who were steadfast and who courageously work towards exposing harassers and violators.
GLORY TO THE STRUGGLE OF EGYPTIAN WOMEN
A copy of the statement will be delivered to the Egyptian embassy on July 22, 2013 in all parts of the world. We will also send a copy to the UN Human Rights Office