Target: Interim President Adly Mansour
Goal: Uphold women’s rights in Egypt
Women activists briefly rejoiced when Egypt wrote a constitution that included women’s rights. However the celebrations didn’t last long; several months later activists were wondering if their rights were merely on ink due to rising mass sexual harassment cases. With men holding the decision making power in politics, there is concern about women’s rights behind upheld. Sign this petition and encourage Egypt to acknowledge the rights of women and support them.
Not only are men holding the decision making power, but there is very little being done towards equality. There has also been a rise in violence against women in public spaces since 2011 when autocrat Hosni Mubarak was ousted. The political climate is also doing nothing to promote women’s rights and it’s making activists concerned.
Recently, a female student at Cairo University was sexually assaulted by numerous male students. The university’s president immediately responded with criticism, stating that the female student was sexually assaulted because of the way she dressed. A popular television presenter even went on a rant about how the student was “dressed like a belly dancer.” The female student in question was wearing black pants, a long sleeved pink shirt, and a head scarf. After heated outrage expressed on social media, the president and television presenter apologized for their remarks, but the presenter did state that women had to wear the “appropriate clothing” when going out. Since the incident, a bill criminalizing sexual harassment went to the presidency for review, but a text version hasn’t been seen by the public.
Unfortunately the sexually violence hasn’t stopped, it has increased. A female journalist was recently shot and killed, female protesters have been sexually assaulted, threatened, and injured, and violence continues to be used as an intimidation tool against women. Sign this petition and demand support for women’s rights. Egypt has these laws written into their constitution and they should be respected and implemented.
Dear President Adly Mansour,
It has come to my attention that Egypt recently added women’s rights to its constitution. I applaud your nation for this motion, however I am concerned if women’s rights are really being upheld. Instead of sexual violence decreasing, there is a disturbing increase. I am concerned that your security forces are not protecting women and there is a trend of blaming the women for being sexually assaulted.
I ask that you support women’s rights and as the interim president you ensure that your security forces are protecting them. It is the job of the government to implement laws, and right now the law says that women have rights. I implore you to do everything in your power to decrease the number of attacks and sexual violence.
[Your Name Here]
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