Journal Article

Egypt: the politics of sexual violence in protest spaces

Published on 4 July 2013

When Tamarod “Rebel”, a youth led initiative called for a mass revolt against the Egyptian government on the 30th of June to impeach the president and declare early elections, some were worried that half the population – women – would not turn up.

Since the informal political ascendency of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2011, and the coming to power of President Morsi on the 1st of July 2012, a pattern emerged of organized, targeted sexual assault on women in protest spaces.

It is believed that these acts of sexual violence are neither random nor of the same nature as social forms of sexual harassment prevalent in society.


Mariz Tadros

Director (CREID)

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Tadros, M.


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