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18. März 2011 5 18 /03 /März /2011 15:01


Frauentag in  Ägypten: Von Allahs Horden gehetzt 


Egyptian women's rights protest marred by hecklers


(AP) – 08.03.2011


CAIRO (AP) — A protest by hundreds of Egyptian women demanding equal rights and an end to sexual harassment turned violent Tuesday when crowds of men heckled and shoved the demonstrators, telling them to go home where they belong.

The women — some in headscarves and flowing robes, others in jeans — had marched to Cairo's central Tahrir Square to celebrate International Women's Day. But crowds of men soon outnumbered them and chased them out.

"They said that our role was to stay home and raise presidents, not to run for president," said Farida Helmy, a 24-year old journalist.

Sexual harassment remains widespread in Egypt, where women often are afraid to report sexual assault or harassment for fear they and their families will be stigmatized. A 2008 survey by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights found that 83 percent of Egyptian women and 98 percent of foreign women in Cairo said they had been harassed — while 62 percent of men admitted to harassing.

Tahrir Square was the epicenter of the protests that toppled President Hosni Mubarak last month after nearly 30 years in power. Women in Egypt had reported that Tahrir had been free of the groping and leering endemic in the country, but on Feb. 11, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted and beaten on the final night of the 18-day revolt. The Associated Press does not name victims of sexual assault unless they agree to be identified.

At Tuesday's march, men scolded protesters and said their concerns were not urgent in the aftermath of the uprising. When the women argued back, some were verbally abused or groped. Others were beaten and had to be ripped away from the groups of men.

Mostafa Hussein, 30, said many protesters had to flee the area and hide in a park nearby.

"They were running for their lives and the army had to fire a shot in the air to break up the mob chasing them," Hussein said.



Democracy Arab Style 

Und hier die Wunschvorstellungen von Der Demokratie aus arabischer Sicht, die selbstverständlich nichts mit dem "westlichen Feminismus" und westlicher Demokratie zu tun hat, wie Elsa S. Maloof versichert. Nawal el Sadaawi läst grüssen, die sich ebenfalls jede Einmischung des Westens in die islamische Revolution (im Iran!) verbat... und dann ihren Wohnsitz doch lieber in den Westen verlegte - nach den USA.... O-Ton Elza S. Maloof:


 This revolution is one that is toppling the old patriarchy and has little chance of succeeding if women are not given a voice as an equal partner in society. "Arab women will no doubt change the world" says Dr. Jean Houston, one of the founders of the Human Potential Movement who consults with the UN and advises on our projects in the Middle East. It has been my experience through numerous projects I start in the Arab world that women emerge as natural leaders, in their community and beyond. They are the power that is moving the Arab world forward, and are creating their own version of feminism that does not look anything like the Western feminist revolution. Theirs is one that empowers their daughters to get the best education and gain the autonomy needed to be a true partner in nation building. In doing so they have been fostering and practicing their own brand of Arab and Islamic feminism that fits the value-systems within their cultures.

Wie die arabische «Demokratie» aussehen soll, erfahren wir hier leider nicht, nur dass sie nichts mit westlichen Demokratien zu tun haben soll. Und was die Frauenrechte angeht, die nichts mit der Western feminist revolution zu tun haben, würden wir auch gerne wissen. Frauenrechte sind Menschenrechte, wie soll die arabische Version davon aussehen? Wie Elza S. Maalouf sich die Rolle der Religion, die Unterwerfung heisst, und die sie mit keinem Wort erwähnt, in der Arab style democracy vorstellt, bleibt ihr Geheimnis. Mit Frauenrechten hat sie jedenfalls nichts zu tun.

Maalouf: Since religions plays a crucial role in the Middle Eastern identity, religious institutions have to be regulated to preach tolerance and supported, as they play a vital role in society. Schools have to become institutions that build autonomous individuals, not followers of clan leaders.

«Religiöse Institutionen», die nicht mehr dem Kriegshordenanführer Mohammed folgen? Das Wunschdenken vom toleranten Islam ist so illusorisch wie die Demokratie im arabischen Stil. Es gibt schon eine Demokratie in Nahost, umgeben von feindlichen arabischen Islamstaaten. Mit dieser Demokratie wollen die so wenig zu tun haben wie der Islam mit Menschenrechten. Die Vernichtung der einzigen Demokratie in Nahost steht immer noch auf dem Programm. Aver Frauenrechte stehen nicht auf dem Religionsprogramm Islam.



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