Arab women’s rights activists stage strikes across region

Women’s rights activists across the Arab world plan to stage strikes today in response to recent feminicides in Egypt and

Women’s rights activists across the Arab world plan to stage strikes today in response to recent femicides in Egypt and Jordan. Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy/Flickr

Women’s rights activists across the Arab world plan to stage strikes today in response to recent femicides in Egypt and Jordan.

Recent high-profile cases of young women killed for rejecting marriage proposals have fueled the debate over women’s rights and safety, especially as Egypt has seen a significant increase in gender-based violence over the past two last years. 813 cases of violence against women and girls were documented in 2021, compared to 415 in 2020.

Although Egypt recently introduced tougher laws on sexual harassment, activists say police are not enforcing them properly, deterring many women from seeking legal help. The recent cases will likely help raise awareness of future impacts of gender-based violence through social media and media coverage, despite the Egyptian government’s extensive efforts to curb online criticism of its human rights record.

Women’s activist groups and legal experts in Egypt are calling for concrete laws to address gender-based violence. Recent outrage over the issue could help bolster ongoing initiatives, including opposition to a judicial committee formed to overhaul a personal status law, and several proposals to ban child marriage and award child support. urgently to mothers.

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