Egypt’s Men Must Stand With Women Against Gender-Based Violence
New York Times: Egypt Has a Sexual Violence Problem
Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian-American writer and author
“…Mohamed Ibrahim, [Egypt’s] interior minister, said this week that he would create a new department to combat violence, including sexual assault and harassment, against women. But throwing men in jail must not be considered a panacea. Accountability is necessary, but we also need a societal shift that aims for both justice and respect for women. I know that will take a long time. We must connect domestic violence, marital rape, and female genital mutilation with street sexual violence and clearly call them all crimes against women. And just as we stood next to men to overthrow President [Hosni] Mubarak, we need men to stand alongside us now…” (6/20).