International Women Day: Egyptian women under military rule in 2016
Prepared by: The Unheard Egypt team
Egyptian women: The female political prisoners and victims of the military:
|Egyptian women and girls have been at the forefront of the movement in Egypt|
On International Women Day 56 Egyptian women and girl are still in prisons for crimes they haven't committed. The U.S government and the EU governments continue to remain silent about all these violations. In facts, the numbers and realities show that they support and collaborate with this regime in its oppression against women.
For the most part, there's been very little on the politically motivated violations of human rights against females in Egypt especially after the military coup. Only a few cases received some attention but for the most part there has been a continuous neglect for the reality of this crisis from international organizations and international media.
From Twitter: Look at the hashtags: #IWD #IWD2016 #Egypt
On international women day learn about the Egyptian women imprisoned by the U.S funded military #Egypt #IWD2016 pic.twitter.com/1QXTElQ8Cv— S E Egypt (@Agenda_kid) March 7, 2016
#WomensDay #اضراب_العقرب#dyingtolive pic.twitter.com/1of7BTaJ7r The Egyptian woman who's husband, brother, father, or son is imprisoned #Egypt— S E Egypt (@Agenda_kid) March 8, 2016
The U.S funded security forces on campuses in Egypt and how they treat women. #Egypt #InternationalWomensDay #Jan25 pic.twitter.com/4yA2rgmt9C
— S E Egypt (@Agenda_kid) March 8, 2016
First step to attain women's full rights is to get rid of dictators&corrupt regimes. #Egypt #IWD #IWD2016 pic.twitter.com/uU37may7Ze— Mariam Taher (@mariaamtaher) March 8, 2016
Heba Qashta, the first female to receive a military sentence in a military trial who's been in prison since 2014 is an example for young Egyptian women who're arrested after the military coup, and yet don't receive as much media attention or humanitarian support, mostly because of their demographics. Being low income, from outside of the center of attention (Cairo), and not looking very western are among the reasons the bias takes place.
Heba's family and friends have been trying to raise awareness about her case on their own, where they are in the Nile Delta, and it's a very admirable effort.
Heba is born in 1994 and she was involved in her own campus in a governorate outside of Cairo, these are places the western media and international human rights organizations have continuously avoided and ignored.
For more information about Egyptian women in prison you can check out these pages:
Save Egyptian women and children!!
Egypt Queens: Imprisoned
Bent El Thawra (The daughter of the revolution)
The Unheard Egypt
|Egyptian women who're facing military trials|
*Egyptian women: The family of the political prisoner:
"My soul is imprisoned with you!" is the slogan of the Egyptian woman who's a mother, a wife, a daughter, or a sister of a political prisoner in Egypt. The families of political prisoners are going through sever hardships and are getting their share of unjust inhumane treatment by the security forces, in addition to the emotional, psychological, and financial burdens they have to go through.
Wives and family members of political prisoners camp over night in order to be able to see their loved ones the next day!
More details on Al Aqrab prison, and the hunger strike that's ongoing there:
An Egyptian woman protests sentencing her journalist fiance for life right before their wedding, in her never worn before wedding dress:
On March 8th, 2016 a group of Egyptian women protested in several parts of the country and made a strong statement against the imprisonment and forced disappearance of their family members and friends, who are also women and girls.
These events don't get any media coverage outside of Egypt because of the demographics of the women who are participating and organizing. Unfortunately, they are not prominent secular activists from Cairo. Many of them traveled for hours to participate, many of them are regular people.
Protesting is a very courageous act in Egypt right now and has a very high price, especially for women and girls.
Please help share this, and be their voice!