IWD Million Woman March in Cairo disrupted

// 8 March 2011

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According to ColorLines, a Million Woman March in Cairo today was “met by some men shouting anti-feminist slogans”. Via CNN International:

Egyptian activists had called for a Million Woman March on Tuesday, demanding “fair and equal opportunity for all Egyptian citizens — beyond gender, religion or class.”

But the turnout appeared to be no more than than 1,000, and the event quickly degenerated into shouting matches between the two sides.

“Men are men and women are women and that will never change and go home, that’s where you belong,” some of the anti-feminist demonstrators chanted.

There were men on both sides of the protest.

Comments From You

Laura // Posted 9 March 2011 at 7:56 am

Laurie Penny has more – apparently the women were also attacked.

sianushka // Posted 9 March 2011 at 11:30 am

Why wasn’t this on the news? why do we only know this happened because of feminist blogs and tweeters?

On Sunday, part of the ‘Where are the women?’ questions i asked was why is vawg not news. Why are stories about women not told on the news?

I am in despairing mode today.

Gina // Posted 9 March 2011 at 4:25 pm

Yep. Sigh. When I saw women demonstrating in that square for Mubarak to eff off, I’m afraid my first thought was ‘don’t think YOU’LL get anything out of this!’ I’m depressed to be proved right so far.

And that there was that CNN journalist who got assaulted there not long ago. Pretty much showed that mob’s mentality.

Kristin // Posted 10 March 2011 at 4:47 pm

Sianushka, exactly. The only woman I’ve seen on the news lately is our future Queen Catherine!

Wisrutta // Posted 11 March 2011 at 7:14 am

There is a very detailed op-ed about this in the NY Times, by journalist Glen Johnson: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/10/opinion/10iht-edjohnson10.html?_r=2&sq=Other%20side%20of%20Tahrir%20Square&st=cse&scp=1&pagewanted=all

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