Three separate protests against elements of Egypt's draft constitution will be held on Tuesday to coincide with an expected court ruling on the status of the Constituent Assembly. A protest against the draft constitution's Article 36, which focuses on women's issues, will take place at the Shura Council at 6pm.
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Human rights and women's groups in Tunisia are gearing up for a peaceful demonstration in Tunis on Women's Day today, Monday, Tunisia Live reported. In order to preserve the festive atmosphere of the day, the NGOs decided to adhere to the interior ministry ban on demonstrations along Avenue Habib Bourguiba.
A mob of hundreds of men assaulted women holding a march demanding an end to sexual harassment in Cairo, as attackers overwhelmed male supporters and molested several of the marchers in Tahrir Square.
Some victims said it appeared to have been an organised attempt to drive women out of demonstrations and trample the pro-democracy protest movement.
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The discourse of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has changed abruptly since a remark from a prominent member and activist Manal Abul Hassan has stirred further public debate. Abul Hassan said about the the December women's march condemning military brutality against female protestors that "when a woman marches to defend her rights, this affronts her dignity," this being the reason for the brotherhood’s absence during the demonstration.
As a reaction, other women’s rights activists entered the debate, stressing that without the demonstrations in which thousands of women participated, the Muslim Brotherhood’s political branch The Freedom and Justice Party would never have (re-) emerged on the political scene. This has apparently made the Freedom and Justice Party declare on Twitter that Abul Hasan’s remarks are “fabricated & misrepresented statements to manipulate public opinion,” without further elaboration.