Egypt: Are Changes in Women's Rights on the Horizon?
Under Mubarak's regime, women were viewed as inferior, second-class citizens. However, in this new revolution, many women are fighting unexpected equality somewhere else: fighting against him!
Women with megaphones are leading the crowd in chants, with men following them in their protests. These protests have raised the hopes that Mubarak's authoritarian regime will not only crumble, but, will lead to an increase in women's rights. Women, young and old, have made themselves noticed in Tahrir Square, Cairo's central plaza, protesting against the regime since Day One.
Many of the anti-government groups are men. However, the numbers of women appearing in the protests are increasing daily. They have proved that they are an asset to the grassroots, home-grown political movement.
So many of these women grew up being told they were worthless and inferior. Many avoid public places and crowds due to the elevated risk of sexual harassment. Catcalls, unwanted propositions, negative attention, and pinching plague the lives of these women. However, many are reporting a new-found respect from many of their male counterparts in this struggle for democracy.
In the Middle East and Muslim worlds, women in Egypt have a considerable amount from freedom. They can drive, go to college, and dress in Western clothing. However, they are discriminated against in the workplace, subject to domestic violence, and have little say in the leadership of the country.
Hopefully, they will have a more pronounced role in the country's leadership when all is "said and done". What do you think?