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December 02, 2011

Egypt's elections: a dark era for women after all the sacrifices

December 02, 2011

December 02, 2011

Do you remember Sally Zahran? She is one of the major martyrs of Egypt's 25 January revolution. The Mubarak regime's thugs killed her with a fatal blow to her head while demonstrating against tyranny. Well, today is another sad Sally day, after all such sacrifices by Egyptian women, the winners are their nemesis: the Islamists. The distinct thing about Egypt's Islamists is that they might be moderate or "Turkish-style Islamists", as they like to be called these days, but they are Taliban like when it comes to women. They want to cover them up, just waiting in bed and in the kitchen for the paternalistic master to arrive. That is who they are, dark and with a vengeance against women. They are highly likely to forgive Mubarak, and give the military lots of nondemocratic power, empower the clergy, prostrate in front of the Saudis, Americans, and even the Israelis. But they will go after the women, destroy any professional existence. The al-Nour (The light) Salafist party which is poised to become the second largest party in the parliament, has printed on its female candidates posters, the photos of their husbands (saying for instance, this man's wife is running, she has no acknowledged existence except in reference to a male figure; just like medieval slaves). This is the new Egypt.

Here is an interesting article by the Guardian on the status of Egypt's women and feminists under the Islamists.

Women have been turning out in force in the early days of Egypt's parliamentary elections this week, some queuing for as long as seven or eight hours to cast their vote. But there are mounting concerns that the first election since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak will not provide the longed-for improvement in women's lives.
Writer and feminist Nawal El Saadawi says she will not participate in the "comedy" of a "fake" election that she believes will lead to a backlash against women and undermine "all efforts for justice, freedom and dignity". Campaigners are concerned at what they see as links with the old regime as well as the women standing on pro-Islamist and, in some cases, anti-feminist tickets.


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