Egyptian women's protest for equal rights turns violent

A protest by hundreds of Egyptian women demanding an end to sexual harassment and equal rights has turned violent when men verbally abused and shoved the demonstrators.

 

The women who marched to Cairo's central Tahrir Square to celebrate International Women's Day Tuesday were outnumbered by men who told them that they should go home where they belong.

 

Sexual harassment remains widespread in Egypt. Women are also afraid to report sexual assault or harassment, fearing they and their families will be stigmatized.

 

A 2008 survey by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights found that 83 percent of Egyptian women and 98 percent of foreign women in Cairo said they had been harassed -- while 62 percent of men admitted to harassing.

 

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