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Thousands of Egyptian women march to protest military brutality


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Yesterday, several thousand women marched through Cairo in what historians described as the biggest women’s demonstration in modern Egyptian history.

From the AP:

Around 10,000 women marched through central Cairo demanding Egypt’s ruling military step down Tuesday in an unprecedented show of outrage over soldiers who dragged women by the hair and stomped on them, and stripped one half-naked in the street during a fierce crackdown on activists the past week.

The dramatic protest, which grew as the women marched from Tahrir Square through downtown, was fueled by the widely circulated images of abuses of women. Many of the marchers touted the photo of the young woman whose clothes were partially pulled off by troops, baring her ...


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Yesterday, several thousand women marched through Cairo in what historians described as the biggest women’s demonstration in modern Egyptian history.

From the AP:

Around 10,000 women marched through central Cairo demanding Egypt’s ruling ...

Egyptian women’s orgs can’t join 16 Days Against Gender Violence campaign

November 25th was the International Day for The Elimination of Violence Against Women, and it launched the the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign which culminates on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.

This year’s 16 Days theme is “Militarism and Ending Violence against Women, ” which offers the chance for us to address the challenges faced by many women living in increasingly militarized zones. As we know, wars escalate violence against women.

In Egypt, we have seen beautiful and powerful participation by women, and an increasing prominence of women as Egyptians fight for their freedoms. The escalation of violence in Egypt over the past few weeks however (discussed in the video below), demonstrated ...

November 25th was the International Day for The Elimination of Violence Against Women, and it launched the the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign which culminates on December 10th, International Human Rights ...

Lara Logan speaks out about sexual assault in Tahrir Square

*Trigger warning*

“My sweater was torn off completely. My shirt was around my neck. I felt the moment that my bra tore- they tore the metal clips of my bra. I felt the air on my chest, on my skin… They literally just tore my pants to shreds.”

CBS reporter Lara Logan spoke to 60 Minutes last night about being sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square in Cairo earlier this year. Logan has said that she will only tell this story once, but I hope that this one telling is heard by as many people as possible.


Transcript available here.

*Trigger warning*

“My sweater was torn off completely. My shirt was around my neck. I felt the moment that my bra tore- they tore the metal clips of my bra. I felt the air on my chest, on ...

What We Missed


WAM! It Yourself has begun this week, and we couldn’t be more stoked. Check out the events happening in your area and find out ways to participate.

Al Jazeera has a liveblog of everything happening in Libya right now, including updates on the military role the U.S. is now playing.

A new, awesome online campaign in response to anti-choice efforts targeting the black community.

A new Pew study shows that people think white, affluent gay couples are more acceptable parents than single moms.

A new Egyptian film on sexual harassment in the country.

The New School is having a panel tomorrow on sex work and feminism.


WAM! It Yourself has begun this week, and we couldn’t be more stoked. Check out the events happening in your area and find out ways to participate.

Al Jazeera ...

BREAKING: Egyptian President Mubarak steps down

Finally, after 18 days of protests, Egyptian President Mubarak has stepped down from power.

Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement, stating, “”In these grave circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as president of the republic. He has mandated the Armed Forces Supreme Council to run the state. God is our protector and succor.””

It’s a surprising move after his speech yesterday, which was expected to be a resignation and turned, instead, into a a reiteration of his initial refusal to step down.

Protests today were stronger than ever in response to his refusal, and now those protests have turned into celebrations.

The Armed Forces ...

Finally, after 18 days of protests, Egyptian President Mubarak has stepped down from power.

Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement, stating, “”In these grave circumstances that the country is passing through, ...

Breaking: Mubarak ‘most likely’ to step down tonight.

UPDATE: Mubarak is not stepping down as of yet. Clearly, he didn’t get the hint.

According to several news sources, Hosni Mubarak may be stepping down tonight. The AP reports the military has made a national announcement that they are “stepping in to “safeguard the country,” and assured protesters that President Hosni Mubarak will meet their demands in the strongest indication yet that the longtime leader has lost power.”

Also, via NBC

Following an all-day meeting of the country’s supreme military council, state television reported that the military council had expressed its “support of the legitimate demands” of the people.

NBC News reported that a high-ranking source inside the president’s office said Mubarak would step down and the newly appointed vice president, Omar ...

UPDATE: Mubarak is not stepping down as of yet. Clearly, he didn’t get the hint.

According to several news sources, Hosni Mubarak may be stepping down tonight. The AP reports the military has made a national announcement ...

What We Missed

The Democratic Leadership Council has ceased its operations.

The Women’s Media Center has an incredible piece by Egyptian feminist Nawal El Saadawi on the revolution in Egypt. Also, Wael Ghonim, the Google executive that helped start the protests, has been freed from detention.

An interview with Julie Zeilinger, teenage feminist and founder of the awesome blog, The FBomb.

A fantastic comic by Jen Sorenson on the “Protect Life” Act.

In or around the NYC area? Support reproductive justice? Love trivia? Then go to this.

The Democratic Leadership Council has ceased its operations.

The Women’s Media Center has an incredible piece by Egyptian feminist Nawal El Saadawi on the revolution in Egypt. Also, Wael Ghonim, the Google executive that ...

What We Missed

Egyptian President Mubarak has announced officially that he will step down after this term has concluded. Activists are still pushing for his immediate resignation. For continued updates check out the BBC.

For more on women in the Egyptian revolution, check out this post at Canonball. For a great background on the Egyptian situation and the revolution, check out this post by Egyptian-Canadian scholar Sarah Ghabrial.

A portion of the charges have been dropped against Kelly Williams-Bolar, the single mother who used her father’s address to send her children to a better school. Charges of tampering with records are still pending, and this case remains at the center of a debate around public education and race/class divides.

NPR  has ...

Egyptian President Mubarak has announced officially that he will step down after this term has concluded. Activists are still pushing for his immediate resignation. For continued updates check out the BBC.

For more on women in the ...

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