Survey: Egypt the Worst Country in the Arab World For Women's Rights

Credit: Al Jazeera English/wikimediaCredit: Al Jazeera English/wikimediaAccording to a survey of gender experts published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Egypt is the worst country in the Arab world when it comes to women’s rights. Saudi Arabia, where women are not allowed to travel abroad without permission, drive, or open a bank account, came in two places ahead of Egypt.

The survey cites high levels of harassment, genital mutilation, and trafficking as some of the factors contributing to Egypt’s place on the list.

From the Thomson Reuters Foundation:

Sexual harassment, high rates of female genital cutting and a surge in violence and Islamist feeling after the Arab Spring uprisings have made Egypt the worst country in the Arab world to be a woman, a poll of gender experts showed on Tuesday.

Discriminatory laws and a spike in trafficking also contributed to Egypt’s place at the bottom of a ranking of 22 Arab states, the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey found.

According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation article, an April United Nations report found that 99.3 percent of women and girls are the subject of sexual harassment in Egypt. The article also cites the claim, made by UNICEF, that 91 percent of Egyptian women and girls are subjected to genital mutilation.

That the experts polled believe that Egypt is a worse Arab country to be a woman in than Syria, where a brutal civil war is being waged, is shocking. While Egypt has yet to descend into full blown civil war, recent events such as last summer’s coup and the military-backed government’s crackdown on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have not contributed to stability or the safety of Egyptian women and girls. More from the Thomson Reuters Foundation:

Syria's civil war has had a devastating impact on women at home and in refugee camps across borders, where they are vulnerable to trafficking, forced and child marriage and sexual violence, experts said.

Rights groups say forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have targeted women with rape and torture, while hardline Islamists have stripped them of rights in rebel-held territory.

“The Syrian woman is a weapon of war, subjected to abductions and rape by the regime and other groups,” a Syrian women’s rights campaigner said.

Further analysis shows that three of the five Arab Spring countries (Yemen, Syria, Egypt) are now in the top five worst countries in the Arab world for women’s rights. Some may have hoped for the Arab Spring, which began almost three years ago, to usher in a new and better environment for Arab women. Unfortunately, this has yet to be realized.  

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  • Hugh Akston||

    According to a survey of gender experts

    How did the women in those countries respond?

  • Paul.||

    I'm still stuck on trying to figure out what a gender expert is.

    Speed round:

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    Contestant: Uh wo.. no Man!

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    Contestant: Man!

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    Contestant: *staring*

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    Alex Trebec: We need an answer...

    Contestant: Wo...man?

  • Rich||

    According to a survey of gender experts

    Stopped right there.

  • ||

    And you thought the Thompson/Gervin scoring race was close!

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Oh, I'm sure you can find an Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood spokewoman so that Shikha can explain to us how the MB is mere days away from endorsing NOW's position on rights for women.

  • Paul.||

    95% On Topic:

    May jesus strike me down (even though he's not really into that), but Bill Maher goes on a rant and slams his guest's arguments, and I agree with... Bill Maher.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/mah.....-of-islam/

  • playa manhattan||

    I am so angry at you for making me go to that site. The comments broke my brain.

  • Paul.||

    Oh I didn't read the comments. I heard the audio and that was the only direct link to the segment I could find.

  • ||

    Hmmm. Blind hog.....

  • OldMexican||

    Egypt is the worst country in the Arab world when it comes to women's rights.
    The survey cites high levels of harassment, genital mutilation, and trafficking as some of the factors contributing to Egypt’s place on the list.


    I will go out on a limb and say that Egypt is probably not the best place in the world when it comes to any person's rights, not just women's.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    You mean like the rights of Chris...I mean dope-smokers?

  • Paul.||

    Further analysis shows that three of the five Arab Spring countries (Yemen, Syria, Egypt) are now in the top five worst countries in the Arab world for women’s rights. Some may have hoped for the Arab Spring, which began almost three years ago, to usher in a new and better environment for Arab women. Unfortunately, this has yet to be realized.

    The Arab Spring isn't what the west thought it was. It was the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Mk II.

  • Rock Action||

    I think you're partly right, but not entirely. It was what some of us thought it was. Reason -- and Jesse Walker -- really missed the boat because they were so focused on people power that they missed the obvious. For goodness sake, reporters were getting raped in mobs. This was never going to be a Western revolution.

  • Mary Jane||

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  • playa manhattan||

    Uncle Tom, eh? Why didn't he buy a new Infiniti M? Pussy.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    If only there was some other group of persecuted Egyptians with whom women could ally themselves:

    "Frustrated by their seeming lack of efficacy in creating a more moderate Egyptian constitution, Coptic Christians have threatened to walk out on a committee charged with creating the new document....

    "Christians, in particular, are looking for the document to prevent the spike in persecution that they have found themselves victim of since Morsi was removed. In August, Islamists burned or destroyed over 70 churches and religious institutions, killing four people. Last month, two gunmen opened fire at a Christian wedding and killed four people. Parts of southern Egypt in Minya province were completely ruled by Islamists before the government finally took back control two months later.

    "To what end, the committee is looking to include "amendments against discrimination, inciting hatred and forced displacement, as well as not allowing political parties to be banned on religious grounds.""

    http://global.christianpost.co.....ks-108416/

  • Anonymous Coward||

    “ Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"

    I know, dead white slaveowners. It would never work.

  • JidaKida||

    Soudns liek some serious business.

    www.Privacy-Road.tk

  • Agreenweed||

    In the middle east, this is probably considered an honor.

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