As of approximately 3 p.m. EST, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is no longer in office. After a week of rapidly intensifying protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Egyptian General Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi announced, via televised press conference, that Morsi had been deposed and that a “government of technocrats will be appointed to run the country.” General Sisi promised to lead the country according to the demands of the people and hold presidential elections in the near future.Whatever Egypt’s future holds for women, they can’t be encouraged by their treatment during the short but explosive anti-Morsi rebellion.
Female protestors in Tahrir Square have reported 91 instances of sexual assault in the past four days. Considering the stigma of reporting sexual assault that exists around the world, the number of actual assaults is probably much higher. (You can watch some of these women share their stories here, in a video put together by Human Rights Watch). Additionally, a 22-year-old Dutch journalist was gang-raped in Tahrir Square on June 30 while covering the rebellion. She was hospitalized and underwent surgery after the attack. This comes on the heels of the gang-rape of American reporter Lara Logan two years ago in Tahrir Square while she was covering the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak.
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