Hundreds March For Women's Rights In Egypt

Category: World / Mar 08, 2013 3:00PM EDT
Hundreds of men and women marched through the streets of Cairo on Friday (March 8) to call for equal rights for women on International Women's Day. The march was organized at a time when rights advocates say women's rights are being eroded despite the country's halting transition to democracy. Waving flags with pictures of women who died in the uprising that toppled longtime President Hosni Mubarak two years ago, protesters chanted against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, who they say are trying to take away hard earned protections. Rights advocates have criticized Egypt's new Islamist-backed constitution for failing to protect fundamental rights for women, children and minorities. In addition to the erosion of political and social rights, women in Egypt face an increasing number of sexual harassment incidents. Sexual assaults have become common at large demonstrations, particularly in Tahrir square, the focal point of the uprising that toppled Mubarak. As the protesters marched through downtown Cairo, there was a mixed reaction from onlookers. Some chanted anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans in unison with the protesters, while others called the protest trivial in comparison to the economic woes of ordinary Egyptians. Video Source: Reuters