Sep 20 2009
At least 93% of Egyptian women have endured sexual harassment, so they are taking the fight into their own hands by taking self-defense lessons in karate.
Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian writer and activist, told Al Jazeera that almost every woman she knows has been sexually harassed or groped. What should be a leisurely stroll through Cairo’s streets, for some women has become more like a gauntlet run. “It is no exaggeration to say this is an epidemic,” she said. “This is much more than sexual frustration.“This is about power, about humiliation, about the way women have been portrayed in Islam, not just in the media but also through religious sermons. Campaigners say the male-dominated society leaves women feeling vulnerable and unprotected by traditional forces like the police.
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