I admit to being somewhat confused when it comes to topic of sexual harassment of women in Middle Eastern nations. On one hand, governments such as those in Saudi Arabia or Egypt claim that women can not enjoy equal rights because they are women and thus must be protected. OK, I get that point. On the other hand, 99% of Egyptian women claim that, at one point or another in their life, they have been the target of a sexual harasser. Perhaps, I am not the most intelligent person in the world, but if a government insists that women can not go out by themselves or drive a car or be seen holding the hand of a male other than dad or a brother, why is it OK for males to touch, fondle, and even strip women of their clothes?
I believe a figure of 99% strongly indicates that most Egyptian males harass women. Please explain to me how a male who will not allow his sister to hold hands with a stranger believes it is OK to touch the breasts of his friend’s sister? Oh, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is no sissy on this matter. He claims to oppose such harassment. Perhaps, then, he might begin with punishing police and soldiers who harass women!
A group of Egyptian women marched in Tahrir Square with banners proclaiming, “I am a Harasser, I am an animal.” And, believe it or not, they were protected by members of the Egyptian army. I guess these soldiers took time off from fondling women in public.