Support Female Protestors in Egypt

Target: President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, and the Ministry of Interior of Egypt

Goal: End repression of female activists who protest for equal rights and stand against abuse of women

For months, female activists in Egypt who stand against rape and violence towards women have been repressed by their own government for speaking out against injustice. Instead of acknowledging the issue and hearing what women protesters have to say, authorities have taken extreme measures to suppress them by resorting to the same rape and violence these brave women speak out against. Many authorities even claimed that the activists “asked for it” by standing up for basic rights, like the right to live as a woman without being physically abused. Tell the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Ministry of Interior of Egypt that this behavior on the part of authorities should not be tolerated. Women of Egypt have a voice, and it is time that it be heard.

When it comes down to it, Egyptian females undoubtedly have the best insight into the problem of violence against women. They are the victims of it. In recent months, thousands of protesters (mainly women but men included) gathered around Tahrir Square and demanded action be taken against rape and aggression. Numerous accounts of rape are reported daily in the country, yet due to the social stigmas of rape, even more are believed to be unreported. Despite their outrage, their own government fails to listen and, worse, treats them brutally on the streets amidst their protests.

Women activists who stand up to abuse have terrible stories to tell about their treatment by authorities in Egypt. The authorities, who are often directly responsible for their repression, beat and violate female protestors and allow them to be physically assaulted during protests. It is abominable that security forces designed to aid and protect citizens are now turning against them and contributing to the brutality. It is bad enough that women of Egypt face threats at home and on the streets of their homes, but when they speak out against these crimes and are punished with additional abuse, something must be done to stop it.

Add your name to this petition and let the Egyptian authorities know that their hypocrisy is not only intolerable to the women of their country, but that their actions are disgraceful to people around the world. Urge them to take these protests seriously. Women would not be speaking out in this manner if there were no cause for it.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, and the Ministry of Interior of Egypt,

During the past few months, the women of your country have become increasingly outraged at the abuse directed towards them. By simply being females in Egypt, they are at a high risk of being raped or otherwise physically assaulted at some point in their lives. Recent protests have shown that they will no longer tolerate this mistreatment, and it is time that you and your authorities hear their voices and give them the justice they are fighting for.

There is no one policy that will end abuse against women in Egypt, but by suppressing them at protests and ensuring that they are continually abused, you are doing a great disservice to your country. These female protesters are the victims of a society that objectifies women, and these women are brave to stand up against it. Authorities must stop abusing them at protests, and your government must take steps towards reducing the frequency of violence against women. I urge you to control your security forces and make sure they are doing their duty to protect, not repress, all citizens. Hear the voices of Egyptian women and work to stop the terrible abuse that they suffer every day.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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