UN Women expresses deep concern over escalating violence against women in Egypt

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Egyptian women shout slogans and wave their national flag, during a sit-in against the new draft Constitution, in Cairo, Egypt, 7 December 2012. Credit: EPA/ANDRE PAIN

UN Women – the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has noted with great concern the escalation of violence and alarming reports of rising violence against women in public spaces in the days following the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution..

Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women has called upon the Government and people of Egypt to take a firm stand against all forms of violence against women and girls, and to promote human rights for all, including the rights of women to live free of violence and discrimination and to participate fully in social, economic and political life.

She says this necessitates commitment at the highest level of leadership in Egypt to put in place the legislation and mechanisms that ensure the protection of women and their ability to exercise their rights.

UN Women says it is deeply disturbed by the gravity of recent attacks against women, including the reports of sexual assault, many of which occurred in Tahrir Square in which women rallied to contribute to a better future for their country.

UN Women recalls that two years ago, the world witnessed Egyptian women and men in Tahrir square and across Egypt calling for change and exercising their political and civil rights to public assembly and expression.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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