Uphold Women’s Rights

International Women's Day in Egypt

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]

Photo credit: Al Jazeera English via Wikimedia

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  1. Women need to learn to fight physically to help protect themselves. These damned predator’s that call themselves men( there is nothing male about them)The women out number the men and there fore if they were given some backbone and taught to treat this human waste for what they truly are then the problem would be dealt with in a manor that is way over due. Women are not objects that are owned by a man! The children should not be forced to marry before they are even old enough to know what the HELL is going on. Just a bunch of pedophiles, of which most civilized nations have a law against and for good reasons.This unconscionable lack of morals needs to be put an end too.

  2. Beverley Collins says:

    In years gone by women had equal standing in Egypt, remember Cleopatra. So why are you treating them with contempt

    • I am not treating them with contempt I am just pointing out that women need to learn how to fight for themselves and get rid of being victimized by men.There is not always going to be someone around to stop human garbage from hurting anyone of them. So doesn’t it make more sense for women and girls to learn how to fight? That way when they say no, they have something to back it up with. The only contempt I have is for those sorry ass males that think ( if that is at all possible for them) that they have a right to do what ever they want to a female.

  3. Why single out Egypt? Is it highlighted because it’s an Islamic country??
    Worse things happen in America, the so called ” Greatest Nation on earth” against women/ children/ blacks/coloureds etc.
    The people of the whole world ought elect representatives who espouse Justice without gender/ ethnic/ religious differentiations

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