America’s top diplomat Secy of State Hillary Clinton spoke in support of Egyptian women on Monday during a speech at Washington’s Georgetown University. Underscoring the reality that women have been largely shut out of the post-revolution process by the Egyptian military and big political parties.
“Women are being beaten and humiliated in the same streets where they risked their lives for the revolution only a few short months ago,” America’s top diplomat said in a speech at Washington’s Georgetown University on Monday.
“This systematic degradation of Egyptian women dishonours the revolution, disgraces the state and its uniform and is not worthy of a great people.”
“Women protesters have been rounded up and subjected to horrific abuse. Journalists have been sexually assaulted. And now, women are being attacked, stripped, and beaten in the streets,” she added.
10,000 Eqyptian Women in Tahrir Square
Large crowds of female activists — as many as 10,000 across ages, class and religious backgrounds have turned out today in Tahrir Square to denounce attacks on women by the Egyptian military. The women chanted that Egypt’s head of the military, Field Marshall Tantawi, was a coward and that the women of Egypt would not be humiliated.
“The reason for the protest is the picture and the video that was published by news services around the world, and it showed us to what extent the military council has no qualms about trampling on the women of Egypt and the girls of Egypt, and has no qualms about beating them up and stripping them naked,” Islama Thabet told the Reuters news agency.
Raw footage of Egyptian Women Protestors
Al Jazeera Reporting on Tuesday, Dec 21 Protest